Contaminated Land Management
Non-Friable refers to the material containing asbestos that is not friable, including the material containing asbestos fibers reinforced with a bonding compound. These materials are unlikely to release measurable levels of asbestos fiber into the airborne environment if they are left undisturbed. Therefore, they generally pose a lower risk to health.
‘Friable’ is used to refer to asbestos-containing materials that can be reduced to powder by hand, when dry. These materials are more likely to release measurable levels of asbestos into the airborne environment when disturbed, and generally, pose a greater risk meaning that it is advisable to get an expert in as soon as possible.