Coastal Asbestos Rapid response encapsulation system for fire damaged buildings.

Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of homes and commercial buildings in Australia before its total ban in 1985. Asbestos was used because of versatility and flexibility in many building products including walls, roofing, flooring, ceilings and some electrical appliances and commercial equipment like fire doors and components in lifts and plant rooms.

Safe work, Australia classes asbestos as either “friable” or “nonfriable” and their description of friable asbestos, is

“Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverized into powder form using your hand.”

When nonfriable asbestos becomes damaged in fires, it is deemed to be friable and friable asbestos represents a clear and present danger to surrounding residents. This risk of friable asbestos spreading into the neighboring homes and streets can be managed by encapsulating the debris with an encapsulation compound applied directly to the rubble. Giving the building owners enough time to organize safe demolition of the structures and keeping the community safe from deadly asbestos fibers.

The deployment of the rapid response encapsulation system can be as soon as the fire had been put out and can last for many weeks, keeping the community safe and meet with the responsibilities property owners have and be a crucial part of an asbestos management plan for commercial and residential buildings that have been affected by fires.