|"Asbestos" is the name of a group of similar minerals with
separable, long, and thin fibers. Asbestos has long been suspected
as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled
and are difficult to remove from the lungs. Although the use
of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased,
they are still found in many residential and commercial settings
and continue to pose a health risk to workers and others.
Exposure and Your Health
Provides an overview of Asbestos from the Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Safety and Health Topic: Asbestos
Provides recommendations for preventing occupational exposure,
information on asbestos abatement, home contamination, sampling
and analysis, surveillance, more...
Includes types of Asbestos, how people are exposed, asbestos detection,
Effects of Exposure to Asbestos
Provides information on Asbestosis, pleural abnormalities,
Mesothelioma and other heath risks and conditions associated with
and Treatment of Asbestos-Related Illnesses
Includes ways to detect lung and pleural disease and discusses
treatment for asbestos-related diseases.
Exposure in Libby, Montana
In 1999, The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
was asked by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
to evaluate human health concerns in Libby that were related to
asbestos exposure. This page provides an overview of related ATSDR
Resources and Studies on Asbestos
Provides inks to ATSDR publications on Asbestos.
Trade Center Asbestos Findings
Includes the fact sheet, executive summary, and full report of
ATSDR air and dust sampling in the Lower Manhattan area after the
September 11th tragedy.
National Asbestos Exposure
The National Asbestos Exposure Review (NAER) is an ATSDR project
to evaluate sites that received and processed vermiculite mined
in Libby, Montana.
Worker Health Chartbook, 2004 - Respiratory Diseases
Since 1991 NIOSH has compiled, summarized, and disseminated surveillance
data on occupational respiratory diseases. This section provides
selected surveillance data for many of these diseases.
Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report, 2002
The sixth of a series, the WoRLD Report 2002 provides information
on work-related respiratory diseases and associated exposures and
describes where diseases are occurring, who is affected, how frequently
they occur, and temporal trends.
Sampling and Analysis
NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM),
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 94-113 (1994)
NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants
in workplace air, and in the blood and urine of workers who are
occupationally exposed. These methods have been developed or adapted
by NIOSH or its partners and have been evaluated according to established
experimental protocols and performance criteria.
- Method #7400 - Asbestos and Other Fibers by PCM
KB (15 pages)
- Method #7402 - Asbestos by TEM
PDF 37 KB (7 pages)
- Method #9000 - Asbestos, Chrysotile by XRD
PDF 42 KB (6 pages)
- Method #9002 - Asbestos (bulk) by PLM
PDF 175 KB (9 pages)