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Chapter 1 The Foundations of Asbestos Management
Anyone who is not convinced of the harm and suffering that exposure to asbestos has caused should hear somebody describe their experience with an asbestos-related disease—as a patient or their relative, as a physician, or as a caregiver. Their testimonials provide meaning to our work in asbestos control and remind us that the health effects of exposure to asbestos fibers are the underlying foundation of all that we do., This chapter begins by describing the group of minerals collectively called asbestos, three asbestos-related diseases, and how they manifest themselves in the human body, followed by trends in worldwide asbestos use and diseases. The next part describes how the ASTM asbestos control standards relate to one another in a holistic manner, and the chapter concludes with observations on the evolution of asbestos management beyond the traditional uses in buildings and facilities.
Oberta, Andrew F.
The Environmental Consultancy, Austin, Texas,