Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1973 Jan; :1-15
This pamphlet was designed to bring current awareness of the asbestos (1332214) hazard to the general public. Asbestos was defined as a mineral and the properties of its various types were depicted. Uses for asbestos were listed in the construction industry, automotive industry, textile industry, and other fields where the substance has been used to strengthen metals exposed to heat. According to this pamphlet, the danger from asbestos stems from inhaling the fibrous dust particles. The danger varies according to the intensity of the dust inhaled, the susceptibility of the exposed individual, the size and variety of the fibers, and the presence of other pollutants inhaled as well. The latency period before symptoms appear was discussed and the diseases of asbestosis, mesothelioma, cancer of the respiratory system, and asbestos corns were described. Groups of workers who may be exposed were listed. While there was no known treatment for asbestos related diseases, regular checkups were urged and the need for controlling on the job exposure was stressed. Safety standards were listed and safety practices including labeling of hazardous materials, use of personal safety equipment, on the job housekeeping, medical surveillance, and education of employers and employees were discussed.