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9 questions and answers on chrysotile and health

  1. Is there evidence for a difference in biological potency between chrysotile asbestos and the amphibole fibres types?

  2. Is there evidence for a difference in potency of fibres according to fibre length?

  3. What is the risk associated with the presence of asbestos at concentration levels found in the general environmental air?

  4. Asbestos in the workplace: Can asbestos be handled without undue risk to the workers? What is the risk to workers handling chrysotile asbestos at today's controlled exposure levels?

  5. Can exposure to one single asbestos fibre kill?

  6. Asbestos in Water: Does the use of asbestos-cement pipes contribute significantly to the presence of asbestos in water? Is there a risk associated with the presence of asbestos in drinking water?

  7. Asbestos substitutes: Non-asbestos fibrous materials are used extensively, and are often proposed as substitutes for asbestos. In which areas of application are these materials used? Is there evidence available indicating biological activity of non-asbestos fibrous materials?

  8. Asbestos friction materials: What is the contribution to the general environment resulting from the use of asbestos in friction materials?

  9. Fibre-cement construction materials: What is the contribution to the environment resulting from the use of chrysotile in fibre cement materials?

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Peruvian Medical College Public Health Committee Occupational Health Commission - Report on the opinion that the Peruvian Medical College gives regarding Asbestos use by the Peruvian Industry.[.doc 57 Kb]
Science and Decision Making: Should We Use Chrysotile Asbestos? by A. Langer
Understanding Mesothelioma
Controlled use of chrysotile