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HPA CHaPD 003: The Public Health Significance of Asbestos Exposures from Large Scale Fires

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Authors:

K.R Smith and P.J. Saunders, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards

Publication date: October 2007

ISBN: 978-0-85951-607-5

 

Synopsis

Large scale fires involving asbestos containing materials are a relatively common occurrence in the UK and can cause significant public concern. The potential public health consequences of such incidents have been explored. Literature reviews were undertaken to identify available information on both the level of asbestos exposures that might result from fires and the potential health impact of such exposures. Considering the available information on asbestos exposure levels in the context of the epidemiological evidence, from both occupational and environmental exposure studies, it is clear that, if appropriate clean-up procedures are followed, there is no significant public health risk resulting from asbestos exposures from large scale fires.


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