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As someone familiar with asbestos and asbestos abatement (I was a steam plant mechanic in the US Navy) I have knowledge that applies.
Asbestos is classified in two ways:
Friable & Non-Friable
Friable asbestos is asbestos that can be turned to a dust with mild (hand) pressure. The concept is that a friable material can be disturbed by incidental contact.
Non-Friable asbestos is asbestos that is stable as it is currently installed.
- asbestos containing floor tiles
- asbestos added to concrete
- asbestos used in intact steam pipe insulation
So here is the overriding issue: if it is the case that asbestos only presents a danger when friable fibers can be inhaled, stable asbestos only become a risk when you attempt to remove it.
If there is not a current risk of exposure, don't create a risk by attempting removal.
If some asbestos is damaged (ie pipe insulation), have a repair performed by qualified technicians.
If a major change is required (removal/modification of a system, construction or demolition work), then and only then is asbestos abatement & removal warranted.0