Asbestos is a general name given to a group of natural minerals which are mined all over the world. There are three main types of asbestos: Blue asbestos (crocidolite), brown asbestos (amosite) and white asbestos (chrysotile).
Asbestos is very strong, flexible and stable. Because of these properties it was used widely in the manufacture of building materials between the 1930s and the mid-1980s and most extensively in the 60s & 70s. So if your home was built or refurbished during this period, the chances are it will contain some Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). Asbestos can be found in its pure form but mainly only in commercial or industrial premises. In the domestic environment, it is usually found mixed with other substances to make building materials that are strong and heat resistant.