Commercial mines could not produce enough actinolite to make it useful as an asbestos additive, but trace amounts of the asbestos type can be found in products in sufficient quantities to pose health risks.
Actinolite is a member of the amphibole class of asbestos minerals. Amphiboles break apart into small, straight, needle-like fibers that are easily airborne and pose a greater risk of inhalation and disease than the serpentine asbestos chrysotile.
Actinolite asbestos most often forms in groups of metamorphic rock that surround igneous rocks that have intruded into the formation before cooling.
This high heat transforms the crystal lattice structure of the mineral, making it highly friable along two axes.
When the formation breaks, it forms long, straight, parallel fibers that can be separated into microscopic components.
Interestingly, actinolite has a form known as nephrite, colloquially known as the second form of the valued stone jade. This type of jade has incredibly rare forms with colors that range from commonly seen brown, grays, and greens to reds, violets, blacks, and pinks.
Actinolite Asbestos Uses
Only a few mines produced actinolite, typically in small quantities not sufficient for commercial use of the material. However, actinolite can be found as a contaminant in many other products, including products containing talc and vermiculite.
Actinolite can also be a trace contaminant found in mineral-rich concoctions of paints, sealants, fireproofing products, concrete products, gardening soils and more.
Common Products Made with Actinolite Asbestos:
- Vermiculite loose-fill attic insulation
- Children’s toys
- Talcum powder
- Asbestos concrete
- Structural fireproofing materials made with vermiculite
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer and have a history of exposure to actinolite or other asbestos types, contact Mesowatch now.
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