Asbestos-containing materials are either friable or non-friable.
Friable asbestos is high risk. Friable asbestos can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure.
Non-friable asbestos is lower risk. It is mixed with cement or other hard bonding materials. Non-friable asbestos can become friable if damaged or old.
Examples of common friable asbestos products include:
Examples of common non-friable asbestos products include:
Use our Asbestos Checker if you think you may have asbestos in your home or on your work site.
You can’t confirm asbestos by sight or smell. Use a licensed asbestos assessor, who will test the sample to confirm asbestos.
We always recommend a licensed professional removes asbestos. It is a job that requires training and experience to do safely.
There are different rules around unlicensed removal of friable and non-friable asbestos. Know what you can and can’t do, and always follow the safety precautions in the SafeWork Code of Practice.