What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring mineral fibres which were used extensively in many products due to their strength, insulating features and resistance to fire. The most common asbestos types used in Australia were chrysotile (white asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos).

Chrysotile was used until 2003 in products such as brake linings, paint and insulation.

Amosite and crocidolite were used until the mid-1980s, most commonly in building materials (e.g. asbestos-cement products, also known as 'fibro' and 'AC' sheeting).

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