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June/July 2007 (vol. 04/1)

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Asbestos awareness

A UK baseline survey was undertaken to determine plumbers’ awareness to working with asbestos containing materials (ACMs); the results were compared with data from passive samplers and activity logs. Plumbers greatly underestimated their contact with ACMs: only 20% claimed that they were aware of work with asbestos, yet 60% of the passive samples revealed exposure. More than half the plumbers thought that they disturb asbestos only once a year – far lower than indicated by the passive sampling data. Awareness of exposure control methods was also poor.

Annals of Occupational Hygiene 2007 51: 113–119.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2007 (vol. 04/1) pp38