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- Fiber types
- Chrysotile asbestos
- Amphibole asbestos
- Health effects
- Routes of exposure
- Analytical methods
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A group of highly fibrous, naturally occurring minerals with separable, long and thin fibers. Asbestos fibers are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven as well as resistant to heat and chemicals. Historically, asbestos was used for fire proofing, insulating, and fiber reinforcing in tiles, plastics, cements, and many other purposes.
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