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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title Asbestiform Fibers: Nonoccupational Health Risks.
CORP Author National Research Council, Washington, DC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Year Published 1984
Report Number ISBN-0-309-03446-9; EPA-68-01-4655;
Stock Number PB85-125516
Additional Subjects Asbestos ; Public health ; Air pollution ; Toxicology ; Exposure ; Physical properties ; Chemical properties ; Risks ; Urban areas ; Fibers ; Assessments ; Indoor air pollution
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB85-125516 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/23/1988
Collation 354p
The Committee considered the health risks posed by nonoccupational airborne exposures to asbestos and other natural or synthetic asbestiform fibers. The issue is important because many people may be exposed to these materials, although at relatively low levels. The EPA asked the NAS to undertake a study with two goals: to evaluate the human health risks associated with nonoccupational exposure to asbestiform fibers, with emphasis on inhalation of outdoor and indoor air, and; to determine the extent to which the physical-chemical properties of the fibers may be associated with the development of various human diseases and the extent to which such information may be incorporated into assessing health risks resulting from exposure to the fibers. The committee found that much more information is available about asbestos than about the other materials of concern. Nonoccupational exposure to asbestiform fibers in air present a risk to human health. The extent of the risk is highly uncertain, depending on the nature and amount of exposure and other factors. The committee made several recommendations, i.e., systematic monitoring and characterization of asbestiform fibers with standardized methods should be undertaken on nonoccupational environments, including urban, rural, indoor, and outdoor locations where exposure may be of special concern; cessation of cigarette smoking should be encouraged.