Anthophyllite was also used in a limited number of construction and household products, particularly in the U.K.
Anthophyllite asbestos is a member of the amphibole class of asbestos minerals. This classification is friable and crumbles into straight, fibrous strands of the mineral that resemble needles.
The needle-like form of amphibole asbestos makes them more likely to become inhaled and embedded within lung tissue compared to the curly serpentine fibers of chrysotile.
Anthophyllite asbestos has a high magnesium and iron content, making the unprocessed mineral appear as a ruddy brown or earthy reddish color. It may also appear as white or gray depending on the presence of other mineral types.
Talc, a soft white mineral used for creating talcum powders and powder-based makeup products, may also have levels of anthophyllite contamination.
Vermiculite may have similar trace levels of anthophyllite — enough to present a danger of inhalation and health risks if left unremoved from the final product.
Anthophyllite Asbestos Uses
Anthophyllite was not found in as large of quantities as other forms of asbestos, such as amosite. Mines existed in Finland at the end of the 19th century, and new, small deposits were later located in the U.S. states of Georgia and North Carolina.
Products like talc and vermiculite may contain trace amounts of anthophyllite in high enough quantities to pose a threat of inhalation and conditions like mesothelioma.
These products are now regulated in the U.S. and are required to test and remove any traces of anthophyllite, but such consumer protections were not enacted until the latter decades of the 20th century.
Common Products Made with Anthophyllite Asbestos:
- Composite flooring
- Talc products
- Vermiculite products
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