New Analysis Finds Too Many Employers Ignored OSHA Asbestos Guidelines, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A California-based research team says air quality samples taken from a wide range of industries indicate unsafe levels of asbestos, putting workers at higher risk for deadly mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Risk Raised by High Airborne Asbestos

Airborne Asbestos Levels and Mesothelioma Risk

Asbestos compliance sampling data associated with the construction, automotive repair, manufacturing, and chemical/petroleum/rubber industries...were above the permissible exposure limit from 2001 to 2011.

Scientists with Cardno ChemRisk, a scientific consulting firm, have published a paper on air quality compliance issues that may have raised the risk of mesothelioma for thousands of American workers. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the research. Click here to read it now.

The group found airborne asbestos levels well above OSHA safety guidelines when they analyzed inspection data collected between 1984 and 2011.

“Asbestos compliance sampling data associated with the construction, automotive repair, manufacturing, and chemical/petroleum/rubber industries included measurements in excess of 10 f/cc, and were above the permissible exposure limit from 2001 to 2011,” reports supervising health scientist Dallas Cowan, PhD.

But the report did contain a bit of good news. According to the article in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, airborne asbestos concentrations have gone down over time. At the same time, mesothelioma incidence has also begun to slowly decline.

“While it is disturbing to realize that the risk for mesothelioma was likely heightened by failure to comply with OSHA guidelines, the downward trend in asbestos levels in the workplace is a hopeful sign,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss.

For more details on the airborne asbestos findings and their potential link to mesothelioma, see Too Much Airborne Asbestos Means Workers Face Higher Mesothelioma Risk now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Cowan, DM, et al, “Analysis of Workplace Compliance Measurements of Asbestos by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration”, May 15, 2015, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Epub ahead of print, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230015001014

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