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Report on the Expert Panel on Health Effects of Asbestos and Synthetic Vitreous Fibers: the influence of fiber length.

Authors
Case-B; Lippman-M; Lockey-J; McConnell-E; Mossman-B; Oberdorster-G; Wallace-W
Source
Eastern Research Group. Atlanta, GA: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, 2003 Mar; :1-229
NIOSHTIC No.
20034321
Abstract
Seven expert panelists reviewed and discussed the state of the science on how fiber length relates to toxicity of asbestos and synthetic vitreous fibers (SVFs)-an issue relevant to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR's) ongoing work at several sites where fiber contamination is found in or near residential neighborhoods. The expert panelists included epidemiologists, pathologists, physicians, hygienists, pulmonologists, and toxicologists. During a 2-day meeting in October 2002 in New York City, the panelists thoroughly discussed the physiological fate of structures less than 5 micrometers (Ám) in length having aspect ratios greater than 3:1, health effects of asbestos and SVFs of the same dimensions, and research needs. The panelists' main findings and recommendations are listed below. The remainder of this report summarizes the discussions and observations that led to these findings, and reviews the panelists' comments on many topics not listed in this executive summary. This report provides insights and advice on how to interpret exposures to asbestos and SVFs less than 5 Ám in length based on panelist discussions; however, the contents of this report should not be considered ATSDR policy.
Keywords
Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-products; Exposure-assessment; Toxic-materials; Particulate-dust; Dust-measurement; Dust-particles; Dust-exposure; Dust-analysis; Fiber-deposition; Fibrous-dusts
Publication Date
20030317
Document Type
Other
Editors
Asbestos Expert Panel
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Report on the Expert Panel on Health Effects of Asbestos and Synthetic Vitreous Fibers: The Influence of Fiber Length
State
GA; MA; NY; OH; NC; VT; WV
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