Friable asbestos

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A dangerous form of asbestos in which fibers are brittle and poorly bound. Friable asbestos products may produce dust that can cause respiratory disease. The threshold limit for asbestos is 5 million particles per cubic foot.

Synonyms and Related Terms

amiante friable (Fr.); asbestos friáveis (Port.);


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