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Document ID (ISN)107272
CIS number 07-1368
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hagemeyer O., Otten H., Kraus T.
Title Asbestos consumption, asbestos exposure and asbestos-related occupational diseases in Germany
Bibliographic information Sep. 2006, Vol.79, No.8, p.613-620. Illus. 48 ref.
Abstract As in most industrial countries, asbestos is a leading cause of occupational diseases, especially malignant diseases, in Germany. Following the increased consumption of asbestos after World War I, the recognition of asbestos related diseases developed. At the end of the 1930s, Germany was the first country to accept lung cancer in combination with asbestosis as an occupational disease and to initiate the endeavour for reduction of asbestos dust exposure. Nevertheless, after World War II asbestos use increased dramatically in the country. The ban on asbestos came into force in 1993. Until then, several hundreds of thousands of workers had inhaled asbestos and the number of asbestos-related diseases increased. In this review, the history and current status on asbestos consumption, asbestos exposure and asbestos related occupational diseases in Germany is presented.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; statistical trends; prohibition of use; asbestos; history; Germany
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; mesothelioma; fibre counts; lung cancer; medical supervision; schedule of occupational diseases; research; legislation; asbestosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Safety supervision