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NIOSH Testimony on Asbestos Abatement Projects by J. D. Millar, August 1985.
NIOSH 1985 Aug:15 pages
This testimony contains comments by NIOSH on the proposed rule of the Environmental Protection Agency concerning asbestos (1332214) abatement programs. NIOSH proposes a slight change in the wording of the definition of asbestos to make it more mineralogically correct. NIOSH requests that the definition of asbestos fibers be extended to include both a length and a diameter measurement. The position of NIOSH regarding the choice of respirators for protection against asbestos fibers is stressed. Use of single use or dust and mist respirators for protection against asbestos is discussed. NIOSH encourages the use of more specific language on the hazard warning for asbestos, particularly to avoid creating and breathing the dust and that breathing the dust may cause asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. NIOSH recommends that annual x-rays not be permitted as its researchers do not believe that the diagnostic values of annual chest roentgenograms outweigh the risks attendant to x-ray exposure. NIOSH recommendations for medical surveillance are included in this testimony.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Mineral-dusts; Asbestos-fibers; Occupational-exposure; Insulation-materials; Respiratory-protective-equipment;
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NIOSH, 15 pages, 13 references
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