Most bonded asbestos products are relatively safe, as long as they are undamaged. Note that products containing unbonded asbestos such as asbestos insulation are unsafe even in the undamaged stage because the fibre is loose.
It is when asbestos materials are degraded, broken, or otherwise disturbed through handling, that they can pose a hazard. The table below is a rough guide of how to treat asbestos in different stages of disrepair.
|Asbestos Disturbed||Poor Condition||Moderate Condition||Good Condition|
Source: Adapted from Health and Safety Executive UK
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