Asbestos is the name for six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in some rocks.
Some asbestos fibers are too small to be seen by the naked eye. These fibers don’t dissolve in water or evaporate. They don’t break down easily with heat, fire, chemicals or biological processes. Because of its durability and heat resistance, it is still used in some commercial products.
Human exposure to commercially mined asbestos fibers has caused mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. The information below is specific to asbestos found in its natural state in the environment.