The Different Types of Asbestos

Core’s team of specialist asbestos surveyors has an expert knowledge of the products asbestos may have been added to. With so many products having been produced and so many non-asbestos products which look similar, it can be very difficult for the untrained eye to spot the different types of potential asbestos products found in-situ.

The six types of asbestos fall into two groups:


  • Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
  • Amosite (brown asbestos)
  • Anthophyllite, Actinolite & Tremolite


  • Chrysotile (white asbestos)

Amphibole asbestos have needle-like fibres that break down into much smaller fibres than Serpentine asbestos, making them more aerodynamic and penetrative, and therefore a higher health risk through either inhalation or becoming embedded in the skin.

Asbestos-related diseases include Mesothelioma, an increasingly common cancer of the lung and abdomen; Asbestosis, an irreversible and progressive lung condition; pleural thickening; and asbestos warts.  However, asbestos-containing materials only become dangerous when they are damaged or in poor condition and handled without due care. Identification, risk assessment and management of asbestos are therefore critical in ensuring building occupiers are not exposed to asbestos fibres.

Please contact us for further information on the three types of asbestos, how to identify them and manage their risk or to book an asbestos survey for your property.

Whether you require asbestos surveys, analysis, management, training or simply asbestos advice, our team of specialists is on hand to help in any way we can.

“The HSE strongly recommends the use of accredited or certificated surveyors for asbestos surveys. The duty holder should not appoint or instruct an independent surveyor to carry out a survey unless the surveyor is competent.”
HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide

Identifying Asbestos Products

Click on the image to view our interactive building diagram which illustrates typical asbestos products that you may find in your premises and their likely location.

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