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What Does Asbestos Look Like?

Most people understand that asbestos is toxic and should be avoided. However, not everyone knows what asbestos looks like in order to avoid it. While most buildings that contain asbestos are clearly marked as such, some workers may get exposed to asbestos unexpectedly while on a job site. Below, we discuss how to identify asbestos so you can protect your health.

How to Identify Asbestos

There are four main types of asbestos. Chrysotile (white asbestos) is the most common form of asbestos. This type of asbestos can be difficult to identify because it has a similar appearance to dust. It is white or gray in color, and has a stringy, almost spider web-like structure.

The other types of asbestos include:

  • Amosite (brown asbestos): Has a shiny brown, almost gold, shine
  • Crocidolite (blue asbestos): Has a dark blue, sometimes dark green, appearance
  • Anthophyllite: Has a similar appearance to chrysolite, but may have a more greenish hue

One way to identify asbestos is to know where it is commonly found. Asbestos is most often located in the following areas:

  • Cement
  • Roof shingles
  • Steam pipes
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Textured paint
  • Insulation

When working in these areas as a construction worker, a home renovator, or something similar, it’s wise to be aware and on the lookout for dust-like material, as it may be asbestos. If you spot asbestos, inform your employer immediately so they can take appropriate action to protect you and contact a professional asbestos removal company.

Suffered Occupational Asbestos Exposure? Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos on the job and later developed mesothelioma, Shrader & Associates L.L.P. is here to help. We have significant experience in this area of the law, and we have helped countless clients recover the compensation they need for mesothelioma treatment and familial care.

Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a consultation.

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