|Document ID (ISN)||111759|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Szeszenia-Dąbrowska N., Świątkowska B., Szubert Z., Wilczyńska U.
||Asbestos in Poland: Occupational health problems
||2011, Vol.24, No.2, p.142-152. Illus. 25 ref.
||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.
||Poland; asbestos; occupational diseases; asbestos processing industry
||mesothelioma; lung cancer; asbestosis; substitution; role of government; compensation of occupational diseases; frequency rates
||D - Periodical articles
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Cancer and carcinogens