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Document ID (ISN)111759
CIS number 11-0361
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Szeszenia-Dąbrowska N., Świątkowska B., Szubert Z., Wilczyńska U.
Title Asbestos in Poland: Occupational health problems
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.24, No.2, p.142-152. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract The review addresses current problems of health risk and health effects associated with exposure to asbestos, including data on historical exposure and on currently valid occupational exposure limits. The quantity and types of the raw material used for the production of various asbestos products are also discussed in relation to the particular types of asbestos-induced occupational diseases. The article describes the medical care system for former asbestos workers and those currently exposed during removal of asbestos-containing products. The national system for medical certification of occupational asbestos-related diseases and the compensation procedure are outlined. According to the parliamentary Act of 1997, importing, manufacture and sale of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials are prohibited in Poland. Thus, the assessment of asbestos exposure and the monitoring of health conditions of workers at asbestos-processing plants have become irrelevant. However, the delayed health effects attributable to past exposure continue to be the matter of concern for public health. Likewise, the environmental pollution from asbestos waste landfills in the vicinity of asbestos-processing plants (where high levels of asbestos fibre in ambient air have been recorded) will continue to be a serious public health problem. Presently, two programmes aimed at minimising the adverse effects of asbestos on population health are underway. Both programmes are briefly described.
Descriptors (primary) Poland; asbestos; occupational diseases; asbestos processing industry
Descriptors (secondary) mesothelioma; lung cancer; asbestosis; substitution; role of government; compensation of occupational diseases; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Cancer and carcinogens
Workers' compensation