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A review of the scientific basis for EPA's school asbestos hazard program with recommendations to state health officials.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1984 Oct; :1-24
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20000739
Abstract
The basis for the school asbestos hazard program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reviewed. Risk of disease following asbestos exposure is discussed. For industrial exposures, lung cancer risks cluster between 1 and 10 percent per fiber year per milliliter. For mesothelioma, estimates range from 0.01 to 0.06 percent. For nonoccupational exposure, lung cancer risks range from 2 to 40 per million exposed persons. Mesothelioma risks range from 2 to 100 per million. The indirect quantitative risk assessment of EPA for asbestos associated cancers due to exposures at schools in early life is discussed. As of May, 1982, approximately 8,600 schools contain friable asbestos and approximately 2 to 6 million students and 100,000 to 300,000 teachers, administrators, and other staff are potentially exposed to airborne asbestos in these schools.
Keywords
Asbestos; Cancer; Schools; Airborne-fibers; Children; Industrial-dusts; Risk-analysis
Publication Date
19841001
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-221448
NTIS Price
A02
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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