In many scientific publications, researchers have determined that chrysotile is one of the main causes of pleural mesothelioma.

Serpentine Asbestos

Serpentine asbestos has fibers that are curly or wavy in nature, compared to the straight, needle-like nature of amphibole asbestos types.

These fibrous characteristics allow asbestos in the serpentine group to be easily woven through textile fabrication processes, similar to materials like cotton or wool.

Chrysotile is currently the only known type of serpentine asbestos.

Chrysotile Properties

With its white, curly fibers, chrysotile is almost gauze-like in appearance. The wavy nature of the friable threads makes them more difficult to inhale or become embedded in lung tissue.

However, chrysotile is still a known carcinogen and poses a risk to occupants of structures containing materials made with chrysotile or workers handling the material.

Chrysotile has the highest heat resistance of any asbestos types, and it also has a resistance to alkaline attack.

This latter property makes the material well-suited as an additive in concrete since it will resist the alkali-silica reaction that commonly causes structural weakness.

Readily formed from serpentine minerals, chrysotile is the most commonly-occurring type of asbestos in the Earth’s crust.

Chrysotile Uses

The cotton-like, fibrous nature of chrysotile made it useful for weaving into cremation shrouds in ancient times.

Similarly, chrysotile was used throughout the 20th century by weaving it into fire blankets and fireproof clothing.

Chrysotile can also serve as an effective insulator against fire, temperature changes, and electricity, causing it to be used in consumer appliances and industrial fire barriers from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The most common use of chrysotile is as an additive in concrete, joint compounds, and other building materials.

It is estimated that building materials and products made with chrysotile represent 95 percent of all asbestos currently existing in U.S. buildings.

WHO (World Health Organization) also identifies chrysotile as an ongoing threat since it is still in use by developing countries.

They estimate that 90 percent of all chrysotile is being used in concrete products such as corrugated roofing panels.

Common Products Made with Chrysotile:

  • Asbestos concrete
  • Joint compounds
  • Cement roof sheets
  • Brake linings
  • Fire barriers
  • Pipe insulation
  • Vinyl or linoleum floor tiles
  • Gaskets
  • Fire blankets

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