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The safe asbestos treatment program.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado 1982 Feb; :1-153
The prevalence and condition of asbestos (1332214) containing materials in school facilities was investigated. A random sample of 70 Colorado schools was selected, representing a broad spectrum of construction types, construction dates, and remodeling projects. Asbestos screening was performed on 177 samples using a K2 screening test, and analysis by polarized light microscopy was performed on 165 of these samples. The Safe Asbestos Treatment (SAT) program was designed to train personnel to perform the surveys. Control measures and materials and equipment were selected with the assistance of program staff. In 41 schools included in the pilot study, 31 had asbestos containing materials in at least one location; 10 had sprayed on asbestos ceilings. It was estimated that between 63 and 89 percent of Colorado public schools contained asbestos materials. The authors recommend: a continuation of the SAT program efforts that would involve educators, school maintenance personnel, public health officials, and construction industry personnel, support of the program with written materials; definition of analysis methodology; bidding documents to specify asbestos treatment or removal jobs; establishment of asbestos information centers; and cost analysis surveys for treatment or removal.
NIOSH-Grant; Environmental-exposure; Exposure-levels; Safety-research; Safety-measures; Air-contamination; Dust-exposure; Yeasts; Asbestos; Education
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Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado
Inst of Rural Environ Health Colorado State University 110 Vet Science Building Fort Collins, Colo 80523
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