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Document ID (ISN)54674
CIS number 90-1646
ISBN(s) 92-2-106443-3 (Eng); 92-2-206443-7 (fra); 92-2-306443-0 (esp)
Year 1990
Convention or series no. OSH Series No.64
Title Safety in the use of mineral and synthetic fibres
Original title Sécurité dans l'utilisation des fibres minérales et synthétiques [in French]
Bibliographic information ILO Publications, International Labour Office, 1211 Genève 22, Switzerland, 1990. 94p. Bibl.ref. Price: CHF 15.00.
Internet access [in Arabic]
Abstract Working document and report of the Meeting of Experts on Safety in the Use of Mineral and Synthetic Fibres, held in Geneva (Switzerland), 17-25 Apr. 1989. The fibres discussed are divided into 3 main classes: 1. man-made mineral fibres (MMMF): continuous filament (glass), insulation wool (glasswool, rockwool, slag wool), refractory fibres (ceramic and others), special-purpose fibres (glass microfibres): 2. natural mineral fibres (other than asbestos): erionite, attapulgite, wollastonite, etc.; 3. synthetic organic fibres (aramid fibres, carbon and graphite fibres, polyolefin fibres etc.). The characteristics, manufacturing methods, occupational and non-occupational exposure of each type are reviewed. Information on health effects (irritation, respiratory symptoms, fibrosis, cancer), where available, is also reviewed, based on evaluations by IPCS and/or IARC. Other topics discussed: monitoring of airborne dust in the working environment; preventive and control measures; law and practice in selected countries. In annexes: ILO resolution (1986) concerning health risks of occupational exposure to fibres; Report of the Meeting; list of participants.
Descriptors (primary) ILO; synthetic fibres; exposure evaluation; mineral fibres; hazard evaluation; man-made fibres
Descriptors (secondary) glass; neoplasms; attapulgite; wollastonite; report; IPCS; IARC; erionite; carbon fibres; irritation; glass fibre; mineral wool; fibrosis; ceramic fibres; dust measurement; legislation; conference; comment on law; literature survey
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Exposure evaluation