Friable asbestos Friable asbestos products are those that can easily release asbestos fibers. These Friable asbestos are really dangerous. Many a times, the tiny fibers from friable Asbestos are released and inhaled by our lungs. This can happen when asbestos-containing ore or asbestos products are crushed or broken, and the asbestos becomes friable.
Friable asbestos can be defined as an material which contains asbestos and can be easily crushed to powder when it is dry. Friable asbestos can be generally seen in tiles, plasters, wall boards etc. Although use of asbestos in these products was banned by 1978 those already in the marketplace remained on the shelves and were used in construction for many years after. They are still commonly found in homes today Many asbestos manufacturing companies claims that their products are non friable and are nicely embedded in the product and will not release any fibers. But this doesnot happen in reality.
With day to day tear and wear, the product is deteriorated enough to release dangerous asbestos fibers. Sometimes a product that appears non-friable will predictably release fibers when it is installed or removed. For example, asbestos-containing brake pads commonly had to be grinded to fit before being installed, exposing automotive brake mechanics to friable asbestos.