While considerable efforts have been made to remove asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), it is not currently feasible to completely remove all asbestos from the built environment.
The effects of age and weathering on exposed asbestos materials can cause degradation and leave it in a potentially friable state. Stabilisation processes such as encapsulation present a potential means to effectively manage ACMs in-situ pending longer-term removal.
There are also benefits to using these products in the asbestos removal process to minimise or prevent the release of airborne fibres.
The aim of this study was to identify the current products and practices in use for containing and stabilising asbestos either to assist in the removal of ACM, or to maintain the ACM in-situ.