Unlike the serpentine class asbestos chrysotile, amphibole class asbestos types have straight, needle-like fibers that are brittle and more easily inhaled. They are therefore more potent carcinogens and pose a greater risk to workers and building occupants.
Tremolite has a high magnesium and iron content that makes it far less flexible than other types of asbestos. This quality made it unusable for industrial manufacturing or processing by itself.
However, tremolite can occur naturally in other products with commercial use such as vermiculite and the mineral talc.
Tremolite has a similar risk factor to crocidolite because of its extremely straight, sharp fibers, although since it was less commonly used for industrial manufacturing it is not as common of a cause for mesothelioma or other cancers as other types of asbestos fibers.
Tremolite Asbestos Uses
The short, sparsely occurring nature of tremolite fibers makes them unsuitable for processing or adding in materials compared to the five other types of asbestos.
However, tremolite occurs naturally in materials that were or are still highly used throughout the world.
As an example of a common material, the mineral vermiculite can contain high traces of tremolite within it. Zonolite attic insulation and vermiculite additives to potting soil pose risk for contamination of tremolite.
Before the 1980s, the mineral talc used in talcum powder would potentially have traces of tremolite within it, making talcum powder before that period carcinogenic.
Common Products Containing Tremolite Asbestos:
- Attic insulation
- Potting soil
- Soil additives or substitutes
- Talcum powder
- Talc-containing cosmetics and paints
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