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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is composed of minerals, known since antiquity, with long, thin fibrous crystals. The word "asbestos" is derived from a Greek adjective meaning inextinguishable. The Greeks termed asbestos the "miracle mineral" because of its soft and pliant properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat.

Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, sound absorption and tensile strength. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibres are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. Asbestos is used in brake shoes and gaskets for its heat resistance, and in the past was used on electric oven and hotplate wiring for its electrical insulation at elevated temperature, and in buildings for its flame-retardant and insulating properties, tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals.

The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Since the mid 1980s, many uses of asbestos are banned in many countries.
Types of asbestos and associated fibres


Six minerals are defined as "asbestos" including: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite.


White Asbestos

White Asbestos

Chrysotile, CAS No. 12001-29-5, is obtained from serpentine rocks which is common throughout the world. The rocks are called serpentine because their fibres curl; chrysotile fibres are curly as opposed to fibres from amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite which are needlelike. Chrysotile, along with other types of asbestos, has been banned in dozens of countries and is only allowed in the United States and Europe in very limited circumstances. Chrysotile is used more than any other type and accounts for about 95% of the asbestos found in buildings in America. Applications where chrysotile might be used include the use of joint compound. It is more flexible than amphibole types of asbestos; it can be spun and woven into fabric.


Brown Asbestos

Brown Asbestos

Amosite, CAS No. 12172-73-5, is a trade name for the amphiboles belonging to the Cummingtonite - Grunerite solid solution series, commonly from Africa, named as an acronym from Asbestos Mines of South Africa. One formula given for amosite is Fe7Si8O22(OH)2. It is found most frequently as a fire retardant in thermal insulation products and ceiling tiles.


Blue Asbestos

Blue Asbestos

Crocidolite, CAS No. 12001-28-4 is an amphibole from Africa and Australia. It is the fibrous form of the amphibole riebeckite. One formula given for crocidolite is Na2Fe2+3Fe3+2Si8O22(OH)2. Notes: chrysotile commonly occurs as soft friable fibres. Asbestiform amphibole may also occur as soft friable fibres but some varieties such as amosite are commonly straighter. All forms of asbestos are fibrillar in that they are composed of fibres with widths less than 1 micrometre that occur in bundles and have very long lengths. Asbestos with particularly fine fibres is also referred to as "amianthus". Amphiboles such as tremolite have a crystal structure containing strongly bonded ribbonlike silicate anion polymers that extend the length of the crystal. Serpentine (chrysotile) has a sheetlike silicate anion which is curved and which rolls up like a carpet to form the fibre.



Feedback for Safety Industries (Oakwood) Ltd has been compiled from reviews.

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment
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VISOR & GUARD RFF60 /PHANTOM

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still not received team I've ordered

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SUNDSTROM HALF MASK SR100 S/M

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • SUNDSTROM FILTERS P3 (SR 510) EACH
  • SUNDSTROM HALF MASK BOX
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Customer Comment:

Sales team were very responsive and helpful to queries about their products. Delivery was quick.

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SUNDSTROM FILTER ABEK 297

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • SUNDSTROM PRE-FILTER HOLDER SR5153
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Customer Comment:

Better range and value of Sundstrom accessories compared to very few other stockists available in this country.

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SMOKE FLUID AEROSOL CONCEPT 380gm

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  • SMOKE FLUID AEROSOL CONCEPT 380gm
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Customer Comment:

Excellent customer service and very quick delivery. Will use again.

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PHANTOM ALARMED BATTERY GREEN

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • PHANTOM ALARMED BATTERY GREEN
  • PHANTOM 2000 MOTOR GREEN
  • RESPIRATOR WAISTBELT
  • SCOTT SHOWER FILTER COVER (PAIR)
  • SUNDSTROM HALF MASK WITH P3 FILTER SR100 M/L
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Customer Comment:

Excellent Service, very prompt and helpful

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SUNDSTROM FILTERS P3 (SR 510) EACH

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  • SUNDSTROM FILTERS P3 (SR 510) EACH
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Customer Comment:

Helpful over the phone and speedy delivery

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SAMPLE BAGS 5 x 7 (Inc. Write on Panel)

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Customer Comment:

Safety Industries as always, deliver on time, offer competitive prices and easy to find what your looking for on their website.
Would definitely recommend.

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TRANSFORMER 3.3kva GRP ( 1.4kva Cont. )

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Customer Comment:

Have spoken with Terry numerous times regarding products and arranging facelifts, and have also met Ruby, who came to our office to discuss their services.
Both really friendly and knowledgable people with fantastic customer service. We will use Safety Industries time and time again.

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DEB 4000 DISPENSER

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Customer Comment:

Easy to order, item arrived quickly

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ASBESTOS HAZARD TAPE 50mm x 66m

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  • MELLOWBASE P/PROP OVERBOOTS (PK10 PAIRS)
  • Select Size - : GLOVE NITRILE LGE (NON-POWDERED) BLUE C200530
  • - Select Quantity: PHANTOM PF251/2 FILTER P3 - 1 FILTER
  • Select Size and Colour - : Type 5/6 Coverall White XL
  • Select Option - : ASBESTOS BAG RED 23 x 35 SML 2 COLOUR 500g (B103624) BOX 100
  • Select Option - : POLYTHENE CLEAR 1000g 4m x 15m P101050
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Service:-Product:NYT
Customer Comment:

I am impressed with the easy ability to order asbestos protection equipment and that the website also suggests other items to consider, however one item on my order was incorrectly sent which did cause us a problem at the time of use. (ordered a double bag set and was only sent a single bag set)

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