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Application of sprayed inorganic fiber containing asbestos: occupational health hazards.
Reitze WB; Nicholson WJ; Holaday DA; Selikoff IJ
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1972 Mar; 33(3):178-191
Over 40,000 tons of inorganic fibrous insulation containing asbestos were used in 1970 by the construction industry as a fireproofing material in the erection of multistoried buildings. The application of this material by a spraying technique produces serious contamination of the working environment. Asbestos fiber concentrations may range from 30 fibers per cubic centimeter to more than 100 fibers per cubic centimeter. Some early observations of the exposure and health of the workmen in this comparatively new occupation are given with photographs of the working areas. Nearby workers may be indirectly exposed. Such concentrations were found to be 70 fibers per cubic centimeter ten feet from the spraying and 46 fibers per cubic centimeter seventy-five feet away. Control measures are discussed.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Mesothelioma; Neoplasms; Heat-insulation; Carcinoma; Regulations; Respirators; Housekeeping; Inorganic-fibers; Spray-coating; Applications
Community Medicine MT Sinai School of Medicine Fifth Avenue and 100 Street New York, N Y 10029
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
Page last reviewed: November 13, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division