16 Nov 2017
The umbrella term of ‘asbestos’ actually covers 6 different types of material. They include amosite, tremolite, actinolite, crocidolite, anthophyllite and the subject of this article, chrysotile. Though you might not have heard this name before, you might be aware of it by another name. Chrysotile is also known as ‘White Asbestos’ and for asbestos companies, it is the most widely encountered variant of this most hazardous of material.
There are some other interesting things to know about White Asbestos:
It has been in use in the production of textiles since the 1800s
Strong and flexible, chrysotile is resistant to fire and chemicals
It is the main cause of the most common type of asbestos related lung cancer, mesothelioma
Before being banned, it was widely used in plaster, insulation and brake linings
Should a particular product contain more than 0.1% of white asbestos, it is considered toxic
When discovering all of the types of asbestos described above, extreme caution should be taken due to the inherent risks of airborne carcinogens that can kill after being exposed just the one time. For this reason, it is imperative that you immediately contact an accredited, professional asbestos company to conduct an asbestos survey.
At OHSS Safety Consultants, we have been helping companies in Ireland safely manage, remove and dispose of all kinds of asbestos for over 15 years. From air monitoring to asbestos surveys and everything in between, we have the skills, expertise and experience to assess and eliminate the risk to you and your employees.
If you would like to find out more about this and the other occupational hygiene services we provide, call us now on 01 690 5907 or visit our website www.ohss.ie for more details.
The most notable characteristic of Chrysotile that needs to be observed and respected is the fact that when handled incorrectly, it can kill. So, don’t take chances and contact us as soon as you can.