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Asbestos is a term for a group of six naturally occurring mineral fibres belonging to two groups: Serpentine Group - comprised of only chrysotile (white asbestos) Amphibole Group - comprised of anthophyllite, amosite (brown asbestos or grey asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos). Asbestos was commonly used in building materials for a number of years and products containing asbestos can also be found in certain machinery (plant) and vehicles. Asbestos becomes a potential health risk if people breathe in airborne fibres.
If you are planning to work on asbestos, you need to take precautions to protect your safety. Under Victorian law, you can only work on asbestos under very limited and defined circumstances.