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The term ‘ asbestos abatement’ is used to refer to procedures used to control fiber release from asbestos-containing materials in a building, or to remove them entirely, including removal, encapsulation, repair, enclosure, encasement, and operations and maintenance programs.
The following is an example of a state law (Colorado) defining the term:
According to C.R.S. 25-7-502, "Asbestos abatement" means any of the following:
(a) The wrecking or removal of structural members that contain friable asbestos-containing material;
(b) The following practices intended to prevent the escape of asbestos fibers into the atmosphere:
(I) Coating, binding, or resurfacing of walls, ceilings, pipes, or other structures for the purpose of minimizing friable asbestos-containing material from becoming airborne;
(II) Enclosing friable asbestos-containing material to make it inaccessible;
(III) Removal of friable asbestos-containing material from any pipe, duct, boiler, tank, reactor, furnace, or other structural member.