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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
Date:Product:

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

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • 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
Score:
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)

Date:Product:

ASBESTOS HAZARD TAPE 50mm x 66m

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Select Size and Colour - : Type 5/6 Coverall Red XL
  • Select Option - : ASBESTOS SACKS LINEAR 23 x 35 RED SMALL (J102436) BOX 100
  • Select Option - : ASBESTOS SACK LINEAR 24 x 36 CLEAR SMALL (J203624) BOX 100
  • Select Size - : GLOVE NITRILE XL (NON-POWDERED) BLUE C200532
Score:
Service:++
Customer Comment:

I received an Excellent fast service no hassle at all

Date:Product:

SCOTT PF10 P3 FILTER CARTRIDGE (40mm) BX20

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • SCOTT PRE-FILTER HOLDERS + 6 PRE-FILTERS
  • SCOTT SHOWER FILTER COVER (PAIR)
Score:
Service:+Product:nyt
Customer Comment:

Service provided was good although courier couldn't find our site and so dropped off at nearby school which we weren't told about until I made contact

Date:Product:

CORE HOLE BORER ( SET OF 6 )

Score:
Service:--Product:nyt
Customer Comment:

Item was urgent requirement and guaranteed next day delivery - received three days later


On 30-Aug-2017 the supplier responded:
Firstly, let me apologise for the late delivery. This fell well below the high service standards we set ourselves, which I'm sure your Hatfield Peveral office would confirm. Unfortunately, the website link to our internal sales system had a technical issue, consequently we had not received the order. I understand Terry in our office explained this verbally once we were aware, and the items were despatched immediately for next day. Again,apologies if this caused any inconvenience. As Environtec hold an active sales account, please order in future via sales@safetyindustries.com thank you.

Date:Product:

Select Option - : POLYTHENE CLEAR 1000g 4m x 15m P101050

Score:
Service:++Product:++
Customer Comment:

Excellent fast service. Easy to use website and ordering system. Would definitely use again

Date:Product:

- Select Size: PHANTOM VISION KIT - MEDIUM/LARGE - M/L

Score:
Service:++Product:++
Customer Comment:

I asked a question and got a very good reply, very helpful would recommend and will be back again.

Date:Product:

ALPHA SOLWAY P3 DISPOSABLE 3030V - BX5

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Customer Comment:

Parcel was last minute purchase that we needed the next day.

after speaking on the phone was informed as soon as pay send an email and they will ship out.

item came in perfect time


On 25-May-2017 the supplier responded:
Hi Louise, thank you for the kind words. We pride ourselves on our service levels, and are glad we could be of assistance. Best regards Brett and team.

Date:Product:

PHANTOM SMART CHARGER GREEN

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • PHANTOM FLOW TESTER
  • PROTECTOR STORAGE BOX ( FACE PIECE ) SMALL
  • SABRE CARRYING BAG
  • DISINFECTANT WIPE DRUM 100
Score:
Service:++Product:nyt
Customer Comment:

Excellent service and prompt delivery as always


On 25-May-2017 the supplier responded:
Thank you for the kind words, we pride ourselves on service, and are glad we achieved excellence.

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