Facts to know about Asbestos
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals with formula Mg3Si2O5(OH)4. Chrysotile is one of the six minerals that are regulated as “asbestos”. The five others are tremolite, anthophyllte, amosite (grunerite), crocidolite (riebeckite), and actinolite. They are commonly known by their colors, as “blue asbestos“, “brown asbestos“, “white asbestos“, and green asbestos.
The mining of Asbestos began more than 4,000 years ago but was still in small scale until the mid-20th century that researchers officially established the connection between asbestos exposure and serious respiratory conditions (although evidence was presented as early as the 1920s). But by then, millions of workers had already been exposed in the workplace and in other locations.
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