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Asbestos Related Disease: A Community Epidemic in the Making.


PB90155896

Publication Date 1990
Personal Author Lemen, R. A.; Selikoff, I. J.; Hurst, G. A.; Wagoner, J. K.
Page Count 10
Abstract The importance of epidemiological assessments in tracing the development of disease among workers was demonstrated in the report concerning the exposure of workers to asbestos (1332214) particles. A field survey made at a thermal pipe insulation facility in the southwestern portion of the United States measured airborne asbestos concentrations of 15 to 20 times the current standard. A significant number of workers employed for less than 10 years at this site demonstrated symptoms and signs consistent with asbestos-related diseases. Potential for community exposure was also great. Prior to the opening of this facility in the southwest, its predecessor was operating in the northeastern United States from the early 1940s through 1954. A study of a 900 member cohort of former employees at this earlier site was completed and demonstrated a highly significant excess of asbestos related diseases, malignant and nonmalignant in nature. A study of family members living with the worker at the time of employment, indicated that 50% of these family members had x-ray abnormalities consistent with asbestos-related disease. Other reports indicating that asbestos-related diseases were not limited to the worker were cited as well.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Epidemiology
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational diseases
  • Malignant neoplasms
  • Construction industry
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Family members
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations.; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.; East Texas Chest Hospital, Tyler.
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and East Texas Chest Hospital, Tyler.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199009
Asbestos Related Disease: A Community Epidemic in the Making.
Asbestos Related Disease: A Community Epidemic in the Making.
PB90155896

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Epidemiology
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational diseases
  • Malignant neoplasms
  • Construction industry
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Family members
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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