Asbestos and its Impact on Public Health

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name assigned to a group of six different fibrous materials (amosite, chrysolite, crocidolite and fibrous forms of tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite) occurring naturally in the environment. Asbestos minerals have long, strong fibres that can be separated and are flexible enough to be interlaced and also withstand high temperatures.

Due to these characteristics, asbestos has been used for a wide variety of manufactured products, mainly in building materials (roofing tiles, tiles and tiles, paper products and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, Brakes, transmission components), thermo-resistant textiles, packaging, gaskets, and linings.

Some vermiculite or talc products may contain asbestos.

Asbestos and its Impact on Public Health