The three main types of asbestos are Crocidolite, Amosite and Chrysotile. All are deadly and all cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos has been placed in many insulating and building products too numerous to name. Today it is banned in many countries throughout the world but not in the U.S.; where the asbestos industry continues to lobby for its permitted use. A partial list of products in which asbestos appears includes:

  • Drywall and joint compound
  • Plaster
  • Gas mask filters pre 1960s
  • Mud and texture coats
  • Vinyl floor tiles, sheeting, adhesives
  • Roofing tars, felts, siding, and shingles[33]
  • “Transite” panels, siding, countertops, and pipes
  • Popcorn ceilings, also known as acoustic ceilings
  • Fireproofing
  • Caulk
  • Industrial and Marine Gaskets, including those made by Garlock Sealing Technologies
  • Packing, a system for sealing a rotating shaft
  • Brake pads and shoes
  • Stage curtains
  • Fire blankets
  • Interior fire doors
  • Fireproof clothing for firefighters
  • Thermal pipe insulation
  • Filters for removing fine particulates from chemicals, liquids and wine
  • Dental cast linings
  • HVAC flexible duct connectors
  • Drilling fluid additives​


Aptly called “Magic Mineral, Killer Dust” by Geoffrey Tweedale in his book of that name, asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral whose primary properties include its indestructibility and “affordability.” These qualities assured that the mining and sale of asbestos was as profitable for early asbestos companies as it was deadly for workers using it.

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