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.);
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976