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Health Info - Asbestos

Friable asbestos


Asbestos containing materials that can be easily reduced to powder when crushed by hand when dry. Friable asbestos has a much greater risk to health as the fibres can easily become airborne if damaged.

Examples of friable asbestos-containing materials include:

  • some sprayed on fire retardants
  • sound proofing and insulation
  • the lining on some old domestic heaters, stoves and hot water systems, and pipe insulation
  • the backing of sheet vinyl and linoleum floor coverings
  • thermal insulation