Is white asbestos dangerous?
All forms of asbestos may be hazardous to your health is not handled properly.
Anything items covered with asbestos material are dangerous. But when the items covered with asbestos -- tiles, ductwork, edging, joint connectors on ductwork-- become cracked, the asbestos dust is especially dangerous. Or, when contractors demolish or renovate a building containing asbestos, it will get in the air.
Vermiculite insulation containing asbestos is about as dangerous as any other type of insulation that contains asbestos. If it becomes airborne and people breath in the fibers, their risk of contracting an asbestos related disease increases. The amount of increased risk depends on how much asbestos is in the insulation, how much becomes airborne, how long the people are exposed to the airborne fibers, and whether they smoke tobacco products.