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Document ID (ISN)76654
CIS number 01-821
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Catasta P.F., Cavalieri P.G., Chiappino G:, Governa M., Munaf E., Paoletti L., Verducchi P., Paba G.
Title Presence of asbestos on ships: Study of airborne fibre concentrations on ferry boats owned by the Italian State Railways
Original title Presenza di amianto sulle navi: studio sulla concentrazione de fibre aerodisperse su navi traghetto delle Ferrovie dello Stato [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Mar.-Apr. 2000, Vol.91, No.2, p.131-134. 9 ref.
Abstract Asbestos has been widely used on ships as an insulating material due to its fire-resistant and sound-absorbent properties. The concentrations of airborne asbestos fibres on two ferries in regular service were measured. Decontamination work had been carried out on these vessels in order to remove or to confine the asbestos. Between 1994 and 1998, 123 air samples were analyzed. For 98.4% of the samples, concentrations were below 2 fibres/litre, which is the value set by Ministerial Decree of 6/9/94 for buildings to qualify for effective decontamination status. Concentrations between 2 and 10 fibres/litre, were found in one engine room. The results show that there is no environmental dispersion of asbestos fibres in usual navigation conditions. However, it appears desirable to extend the legislation to naval vessels in order to define clear criteria for risk evaluation, checking and maintenance procedures of asbestos-insulated vessels, and procedures for each job on board involving handling or removal of asbestos-containing material.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; respirable dust; determination in air; permissible levels; ships
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; legislation; thermal insulation; asbestos removal
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits