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Asbestos

Types of Asbestos

  • Chrysotile
    • Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4
    • Most common type found in U.S.
    • Accounts for 95% of all asbestos materials
    • Referred to as the “white” asbestos
Chrysotile asbestos
  • Amosite
    • Fe2+7(Si8O22)(OH)2
    • Second most common type found in the U.S.
    • Referred to as the “brown” asbestos
Amosite asbestos
  • Crocidolite
    • NA2(Fe,Mg)5Si8O22(OH)2 
    • The least common type found in U.S.
    • Referred to as the “blue” asbestos
    • Most dangerous type to be exposed to due to link to mesothelioma
Crocidolite asbestos

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