Asbestos (1332-21-4) is the generic term used to describe over 30 different types of naturally occurring hydrated silicates representing two mineral groups (serpentine and amphiboles) that separate into fibres on mechanical processing. While the exact taxonomy continues to evolve, the sole serpentine variety is called chrysotile (12001-29-5) while the amphiboles include five forms:
  • Riebeckite or glaucophane, including crocidolite (12001-28-4) syn. blue asbestos.

  • Grunerite or cummingtonite-grunerite, including grunerite asbestos known as amosite (12172-73-5) syn. mysorite.

  • Anthophyllite or gedrite, including anthophyllite asbestos (77536-67-5).

  • Tremolite or ferroactinolite, including tremolite asbestos (77536-68-6).

  • Actinolite asbestos (77536-66-4).


Visible Spectrum Mineral Group Magnesium Silicate Hydrated Silicate Dangerous Good 
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