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Air Pollution during Asbestos Removal
 
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Department of Biohazards and Immunoallergology, Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Sosnowiec, Poland
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Department of Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Sosnowiec, Poland
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Gabriela Sąkol   

Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Środowiskowego w Sosnowcu, Kościelna 13, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Online publish date: 2018-09-10
Publish date: 2018-12-20
Submission date: 2017-09-26
Final revision date: 2017-12-19
Acceptance date: 2017-12-28
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2019;28(2):1007–1011
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Fibrous asbestos, including chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite, is a dangerous health hazard, but valuable for technical applications. The goal of workplace air monitoring, performed in the period 2000-2005, was to establish the differences in exposure to asbestos of construction workers. We demonstrated that the geometric mean of respirable fibres concentration at blocks of flats was 3-fold higher (p<0.01) than that at cooling towers (0.14 f./cm3 and 0.05 f./cm3, respectively). However, for total dust concentration the relationship was reversed. The geometric mean of the total dust concentration during work at a block of flats (1.9 mg/m3) compared with one during the removal of cooling towers (5.9 mg/m3) was significantly lower (p<0.01). The applicable hygiene standards for exposure to asbestos were exceeded in 93.0% (buildings) and 93.3% (cooling towers) results of measurements.
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