When can asbestos becomes friable?

What is Friable Asbestos?

When asbestos becomes friable and breaks down, it releases tiny fibres into the air. If proper precautions aren’t taken, these fibres are so small they become airborne and can be breathed in, doing long-term damage to the lungs which can lead to conditions like asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Examples of this are things such as Vinyl Flooring, Pipe Lagging and Automotive / Marine insulation’s.

Non-friable (or “bonded”) asbestos is most commonly found in the form of building materials like fribo. In its original condition, it’s quite safe to be around. But over time, damage and general wear and tear can cause it to become friable.