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Main Title Asbestos contamination of the air in public buildings /
Author Nicholson, William J. ; Rohl, Arthur N. ; Weisman., Irving
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Rohl, Arthur N.,
Weisman, Irving,
CORP Author United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Waste Management, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards ; For sale by the National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1975
Report Number EPA/450-3-76-004; EPA-68-02-1346
Stock Number PB-250 980
OCLC Number 04020193
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Asbestos ; Air--Pollution
Additional Subjects Asbestos ; Air pollution ; Commercial buildings ; Erosion ; Electron microscopy ; Ventilation ; Air flow ; Sampling ; Public health ; Cements ; Flameproofing ; Monitoring ; Indoor air pollution ; Air pollution sampling ; Air pollution effects(Humans)
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBD  EPA-450/3-76-004 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 08/27/1999
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 450-3-76-004 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023 DISPERSAL
ERAD  EPA 450/3-76-004 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/06/2012
ESAD  EPA 450-3-76-004 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB-250 980 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation v, 59 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
From 1958 through 1973 asbestos-containing material was used extensively for fire-proofing high-rise office buildings. Earlier use of this material for decorative and acoustical purposes dates from the mid-1930's. Concern exists that these past uses of asbestos may lead to current contamination of building air. This may occur either through damage or erosion of acoustical spray materials or through erosion into building air supply systems of asbestos fibers from spray-lined plenum spaces in office buildings. In order to assess such possibilities, 116 samples of indoor and outdoor air have been analyzed for asbestos. Nineteen buildings in five United States cities were chosen to represent the various construction uses of asbestos-containing spray materials. The results of this sampling and analysis demonstrate that significant contamination can occur in the air supply systems of buildings in which fibrous type-dry spray asbestos-containing fireproofing materials were used. Moreover, erosion of similar materials applied for decorative or acoustical purposes was also found to occur. In contrast, no contamination was demonstrable in buildings in which cementitious spray material had been used.
Prepared by under contract no. 68-02-1346. "Oct. 1975." "EPA/450-3-76-004." Includes bibliographical references.