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1 Asbestos General information Key Points Fire Non flammable and non combustible under normal conditions Chemically inert under normal conditions. Resistant to most solvents, acids and alkalis In the event of a fire involving asbestos, use fine water spray and liquid-tight protective clothing with breathing apparatus Health The most common route of exposure is by inhalation Toxic and carcinogenic In general asbestos is not considered to be acutely toxic Short-term high level exposure may cause pleural disorders, mesothelioma or lung cancer after a long latency period Long-term low level inhalation exposure may cause pleural disorders, mesothelioma or lung cancer; long-term high dose exposure may cause asbestosis Asbestos is a category 1 carcinogen i.e. is carcinogenic to humans Asbestos has not been linked with any adverse reproductive outcomes in humans Environment Environmentally hazardous substance Inform Environment Agency of substantial release incidents Prepared by S Bull CHAPD HQ, HPA 2007 Version 1

2 ASBESTOS GENERAL INFORMATION Background Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have crystallised to form long thin fibres. They are divided into two sub-groups: serpentine (chrysotile (white asbestos)), which is the most commonly used type of asbestos and amphiboles, which includes crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos), tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite, of which crocidolite was the most commonly used in the past. Asbestos minerals are widespread in the environment. They may be found in the soil due to erosion of asbestos-bearing rock. Asbestos fibres are strong, heat and chemical resistant and they do not evaporate into the air or dissolve in water. Such properties made it an ideal material for use in a number of products, including insulation material for buildings, boilers and pipes; insulating board to protect buildings and ships against fire; asbestos cement for roofing sheets and pipes. Due to the risk to health following exposure to asbestos, importation, supply and use of all asbestos products have been banned in the UK since People however, may still be exposed to existing asbestos-containing materials in buildings etc due to the widespread use in the past. Asbestos in air may arise from natural weathering of asbestos-containing ores or damage and breakdown of asbestoscontaining products. People may also be exposed to asbestos in drinking water. Although asbestos does not dissolve, fibres may enter water after being eroded from natural sources, from asbestos-cement or from asbestos-containing filters People who work with asbestos or with asbestos-containing products such as miners or those producing asbestoscontaining products are likely to be exposed to much higher levels of asbestos fibres in air than the general public. In addition, as asbestos has been widely used in building for fire-proofing, insulation or floor and ceiling tiles, those involved in demolition work, asbestos abatement, building repair and maintenance may be exposed to higher levels as disturbing such materials releases fibres into the air. Breathing in high concentrations of asbestos for a long period of time mainly affects the lungs, causing a disease called asbestosis where breathing becomes difficult and the heart enlarges. People breathing in lower concentrations may get pleural plaques, mesothelioma or lung cancer. Most asbestos products pose little risk if they are intact. However, if asbestoscontaining products are damaged in some way, fibres may be released into the air and may be breathed in. The health effects of swallowing asbestos in water or food are unclear. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified asbestos as being carcinogenic to humans. General information: Page 2 of 6

3 ASBESTOS GENERAL INFORMATION Production and Uses Key Points Asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water or evaporate, they are resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation and are mechanically strong Due to their physical properties they are used in many products, including insulation for houses, ceiling and floor tiles and car brakes, as well as many others Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals. Such silicate minerals are characterised by fine, long parallel fibres or bundles. Overall, asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water or evaporate, they are resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation and are mechanically strong. Such properties make it an ideal material for use in a number of products, including insulation material for buildings, boilers and pipes, sprayed coating/lagging, insulating boards, asbestos cement, ropes, cloth, car brakes and clutches, ceiling and floor tiles, coated metal, textured paints and reinforced plastic amongst others. Serpentine asbestos: Chrysotile is the most common and abundant form of asbestos. It is a magnesium silicate mineral, often referred to as white asbestos. Chrysotile fibres are soft, flexible and curved that may be separated easily into small bundles and individual fibrils. Chrysotile fibres naturally occur in lengths < 5 m. Due to their structure they may be woven and can withstand mechanical treatment better than the amphibole fibres. Amphibole asbestos: This group includes crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite (figure 1). Amphibole asbestos fibres include silicates of magnesium, iron, calcium and sodium. Fibres are brittle and have a rod- or needle shaped appearance. They are more heat and chemical resistant than serpentine fibres. Crocidolite is a sodium iron silicate, commonly known as blue asbestos. Crocidolite fibre bundles can disperse into smaller fibres (5-10 m), although such fibres are generally not as small as those of chrysotile. Fibres of crocidolite are relatively flexible, have a poor resistance to heat, but are highly resistant to acid. Amosite is made up of iron magnesium silicate, often referred to as brown asbestos. The fibres are usually yellow-grey to dark brown and are very coarse. Amosite fibres are approximately 5-10 m. Anthophyllite is another fibrous form of iron magnesium silicate. Fibres are grey or brown grey and have similar properties to amosite but have no commercial value. In general, anthophyllite fibres are approximately 5-10 m. Tremolite is a grey-white, yellow, green or blue calcium magnesium silicate. It is found as a contaminant with other fibres such as chrysotile and has no industrial applications. Tremolite fibres range in size (5 10 m). Actinolite asbestos occurs as a contaminant of both chrysotile and talc deposits. General information: Page 3 of 6

4 ASBESTOS GENERAL INFORMATION ASBESTOS Serpentine Amphibole Chrysotile Crocidolite Amosite Anthophyllite Tremolite Actinolite Figure 1. Types of serpentine and amphibole asbestos fibres General information: Page 4 of 6

5 ASBESTOS GENERAL INFORMATION Frequently Asked Questions What is asbestos? Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have crystallised to form long thin fibres. They are divided into two sub-groups: serpentine (chrysotile (white asbestos)), which was the most commonly used type of asbestos and amphiboles, which includes crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos), tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite, of which crocidolite was the most commonly used. Blue and brown asbestos are considered to be the most dangerous. The importation, supply and use of blue and brown asbestos have been banned in the UK since 1985 and this ban was extended to include white asbestos in Chrysotile asbestos fibres are soft, flexible and curved whereas amphibole asbestos fibres are brittle and often are rod- or needle-like in appearance. Asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water or evaporate, they are resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation and are mechanically strong, hence it has been used in a wide number of products such as car brakes and insulation. How does asbestos get into the environment? Asbestos fibres may enter the atmosphere due to the erosion of natural asbestos-containing ores or damage to asbestos-containing products including insulation, car brakes and clutches, ceiling and floor tiles and cement. How will I be exposed to asbestos? Asbestos minerals are widespread in the environment due to naturally occurring sources or from the damage of products containing asbestos. The asbestos fibres from damaged asbestos-containing products can break down into smaller fibres. People are most likely to be exposed to asbestos by breathing in fibres that are suspended in air, or may swallow small amounts of the fibres if the asbestos enters the soil or water. Indoor air may contain small levels of asbestos from insulation, ceiling or floor tiles, or other purposes. Levels depend on the state of the products, as more fibres will be released from materials that are damaged. People who worked with asbestos or with asbestos-containing products were likely to be exposed to much higher levels of asbestos fibres in air than the general public. However, as the use of new asbestos products is now banned only those involved in demolition work, asbestos abatement, building repair and maintenance may be exposed to higher levels as disturbing such materials releases fibres into the air. If there is asbestos in the environment will I have any adverse health effects? The presence of asbestos in the environment does not always lead to exposure as you must come into contact with the chemical. You may be exposed by breathing, eating, or drinking the substance or by skin contact. Following exposure to any hazardous chemical, the adverse health effects you may encounter depend on several factors, including the amount to which you are exposed (dose), the duration of exposure, the way you are exposed, the form of asbestos and if you were exposed to any other chemicals. All forms of asbestos are hazardous as they induce cancer, but amphibole forms of asbestos are considered to be somewhat more hazardous to health than chrysotile. General information: Page 5 of 6

6 ASBESTOS GENERAL INFORMATION Breathing in high concentrations of asbestos for a long period of time mainly affects the lungs, causing a disease called asbestosis where breathing becomes difficult and the heart enlarges. People breathing in lower concentrations for a long period of time may get pleural plaques, mesothelioma or lung cancer. Can asbestos cause cancer? The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified asbestos as being carcinogenic to humans. Does asbestos affect children or damage the unborn child? Several experimental studies have suggested that asbestos does not cause adverse pregnancy outcomes or birth defects. If children are exposed to asbestos by inhalation they may develop lung cancer or mesothelioma after a prolonged latent period. However, this may occur at a younger age than when exposure occurs in adults. What should I do if I am exposed to asbestos? It is very unlikely that the general population will be exposed to a level of asbestos high enough to cause adverse health effects. This document from the HPA Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards reflects understanding and evaluation of the current scientific evidence as presented and referenced in this document. General information: Page 6 of 6

7 Asbestos Incident management Fire Key Points Non flammable and non combustible under normal conditions Chemically inert under normal conditions. Resistant to most solvents, acids and alkalis In the event of a fire involving asbestos, use fine water spray and liquid-tight protective clothing with breathing apparatus Health The most common route of exposure is by inhalation Acute inhalation may cause local irritation Skin and eye irritation may occur from fibres Environment Environmentally hazardous substance Inform Environment Agency of substantial release incidents CRCE HQ, HPA 03/2012 Version 2

8 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Hazard Identification Standard (UK) Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Codes (a) 2212 Crocidolite (blue asbestos) UN EAC 2212 Amosite (brown asbestos) 2590 Chrysotile (white asbestos) 2X Use fine water spray. Wear liquid-tight chemical protective clothing in combination with breathing apparatus*. Spillages and decontamination run-off should be prevented from entering drains and watercourses. APP - Hazards Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles Sub risks HIN 90 - Environmentally hazardous substance; miscellaneous dangerous substances UN United Nations number; EAC Emergency Action Code; APP Additional Personal Protection; HIN - Hazard Identification Number * Liquid-tight chemical protective clothing (BS 8428) in combination with self-contained open circuit positive pressure compressed air breathing apparatus (BS EN 137). a Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC). The Stationary Office, London. Incident management: Page 2 of 11

9 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Chemical Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply Classification (a) Carc. cat 1 Category 1 carcinogen Classification T Toxic Risk phrases Safety phrases R45 R48/23 S45 S53 May cause cancer Toxic: danger of serious harm to health by prolonged exposure through inhalation In case of accident or if you feel unwell seek medical advice immediately (show label where possible) Avoid exposure obtain special instructions before use a Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures- Table (accessed 03/2012) Incident management: Page 3 of 11

10 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (a) Carc 1A Carcinogenicity, category 1A Hazard Class and Category STOT RE 1 Specific target organ systemic toxicity following repeated exposure, category 1 Hazard Statement Signal Words H350 H372 DANGER Implemented in the EU on 20 January May cause cancer Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure a Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures- Table (accessed 03/2012) Incident management: Page 4 of 11

11 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Physicochemical Properties Serpentine asbestos Chrysotile CAS number Molecular weight Variable Empirical formula Mg 3 (Si 2 O 5 )(OH) 4 Common synonyms State at room temperature White asbestos; serpentine asbestos White, grey or green fibrous solid Volatility Non-volatile at 20 C Specific gravity 2.55 (water = 1) Flammability Lower explosive limit Upper explosive limit Water solubility Reactivity Reaction or degradation products Odour Non flammable Data not available Data not available Insoluble in water and organic solvents Stable under normal conditions. Incompatible with strong oxidisers, strong acids and bases Thermal decomposition may release toxic and/or hazardous gases Odourless Structure Incident management: Page 5 of 11

12 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Amphibole asbestos Crocidolite Amosite Anthophyllite Tremolite Actinolite CAS number Molecular weight Empirical formula Common synonyms State at room temperature Variable Variable Variable Variable Variable NaFe 3 2+ Fe 2 3+ Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2 Blue asbestos Lavender, blue or green fibrous solid (Mg,Fe) 7 Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2 Brown asbestos; mysorite Brown or grey fibrous solid Mg 7 (Si 8 O 22 ) (OH) 2 Azbolen asbestos; ferroanthophyllite Grey or browngrey fibrous solid Volatility Non-volatile at 20 C Specific gravity (water = 1) (water = 1) (water = 1) Flammability Lower explosive limit Upper explosive limit Water solubility Reactivity Reaction or degradation products Odour Non flammable Data not available Data not available Ca 2 Mg 5 (Si 8 O 22 )(OH) 2 Silicic acid; calcium magnesium salt (8:4) White to pale green fibrous solid (water = 1) Insoluble in water and organic solvents Ca 2 Mg 3 Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2 Fe 2+ 2 Stralite White to green fibrous solid (water = 1) Stable under normal conditions. Incompatible with strong oxidisers, strong acids and bases Thermal decomposition may release toxic and/or hazardous gases Odourless Structure References (both tables) (a,b,c,d,e) a Asbestos (HAZARDTEXT Hazard Management). In: Klasco RK (Ed): TOMES System, Thomson Micromedex, Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA. (electronic version). RightAnswer.com, Inc., Midland, MI, USA, Available at: (03/2012). b International Chemical Safety Card (ICSC) entry for asbestos (Chrysotile). ISCS International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS), c The Merck Index (14 th Edition). Entry 826: Asbestos, d IARC. Some inorganic and organometallic compounds. Asbestos. Vol 2. Summary of data reported and evaluation e ATSDR. Case studies in environmental medicine. Asbestos toxicity, Incident management: Page 6 of 11

13 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Threshold Toxicity Values EXPOSURE VIA INGESTION mg SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS REFERENCE - Asbestos is thought to be of low acute toxicity a TOXBASE - (accessed 03/2012) a TOXBASE: Asbestos, Incident management: Page 7 of 11

14 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Published Emergency Response Guidelines Emergency Response Planning Guideline (ERPG) Values ERPG-1* ERPG-2** ERPG-3*** Listed value (ppm) Data not available Calculated value (mg m -3 ) * Maximum airborne concentration below which it is believed that nearly all individuals could be exposed for up to 1 hr without experiencing other than mild transient adverse health effects or perceiving a clearly defined, objectionable odour. ** Maximum airborne concentration below which it is believed that nearly all individuals could be exposed for up to 1 hr without experiencing or developing irreversible or other serious health effects or symptoms which could impair an individual's ability to take protective action. *** Maximum airborne concentration below which it is believed that nearly all individuals could be exposed for up to 1 hr without experiencing or developing life-threatening health effects. Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) AEGL-1 AEGL-2 AEGL-3 mg m min 30 min 60 min 4 hr 8 hr Data not available The level of the chemical in air at or above which the general population could experience notable discomfort. The level of the chemical in air at or above which there may be irreversible or other serious longlasting effects or impaired ability to escape. The level of the chemical in air at or above which the general population could experience lifethreatening health effects or death. Incident management: Page 8 of 11

15 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Exposure Standards, Guidelines and Regulations Occupational standards WEL (a,b) Control Limit: 0.1 f cm -3 Short term exposures (10 min reference period): 0.6 f cm -3 WEL Workplace exposure limit; Control limit: a maximum concentration of asbestos fibres in the air (averaged over any continuous 4 hour period) that must not be exceeded. Short term exposures: worker exposure must not exceed 0.6 f cm -3 of air averaged over any continuous 10 minute period using respiratory protective equipment if exposure cannot be reduced sufficiently by other means. This is an Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) standard. Public health guidelines DRINKING WATER QUALITY GUIDELINE AIR QUALITY GUIDELINE No guideline value specified No guideline value specified SOIL GUIDELINE VALUE AND HEALTH CRITERIA VALUES No guideline value specified a The Control of Asbestos Regulations SI 2006/2739. The Stationery Office b Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 General Enforcement Guidance and Advice (accessed 03/2012). Incident management: Page 9 of 11

16 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Major route of exposure (a,b) Health Effects The most common route of exposure is by inhalation. Immediate Signs or Symptoms of Acute Exposure (b) Asbestos is thought to be of low acute oral toxicity. Acute inhalation of asbestos dust is likely to cause only local irritation. No signs of toxicity expected after ingestion. Possibility of obstruction. Skin and eye irritation may arise from acute exposure to fibres. TOXBASE - (accessed 03/2012) a TOXBASE: Asbestos, b TOXBASE: Eye irritants, Incident management: Page 10 of 11

17 ASBESTOS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Decontamination and First Aid Important Notes Ambulance staff, paramedics and emergency department staff treating chemicallycontaminated casualties should be equipped with Department of Health approved, gas-tight (Respirex) decontamination suits based on EN466:1995, EN12941:1998 and pren943-1:2001, where appropriate. Decontamination should be performed using local protocols in designated areas such as a decontamination cubicle with adequate ventilation. Prevent dispersal of dust and avoid all contact. Damp down any friable/exposed areas to avoid dust cloud. Dermal exposure (a) Remove patient from exposure. The patient should remove all clothing and personal effects. Double-bag soiled clothing and place in a sealed container clearly labelled as a chemical hazard. Brush away any adherent solid particles from the patient. Wash hair and all contaminated skin with copious amounts of water (preferably warm) and soap for at least minutes. Decontaminate open wounds first and avoid contamination of unexposed skin. Pay special attention to skin folds, axillae, ears, fingernails, genital areas and feet. Ocular exposure (b) Remove patient from exposure. Remove contact lenses if necessary and immediately irrigate the affected eye thoroughly with water or 0.9% saline for at least minutes. Patients with corneal damage or those whose symptoms do not resolve rapidly should be referred for urgent ophthalmological assessment. Inhalation (a) Remove patient from exposure. Treatment other than symptomatic unlikely to be required after acute exposure. Ingestion (a) Treatment unlikely to be required following acute ingestion. This document from the HPA Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards reflects understanding and evaluation of the current scientific evidence as presented and referenced in this document. TOXBASE - (accessed 03/2012) a TOXBASE: Asbestos, b TOXBASE: Eye irritants, Incident management: Page 11 of 11

18 Asbestos Toxicological overview Kinetics and metabolism Key Points Short asbestos fibres are deposited in the upper respiratory tract where they are cleared by mucociliary action Longer fibres are carried into the alveolar regions and are cleared much slower thereby being retained in the lungs for longer periods Some fibres may be swallowed during inhalation due to the mucociliary action The properties of the fibres play a role in their toxicity; shorter fibres such as chrysotile are generally less potent than amphibole fibres Health effects of acute exposure The major route of exposure is through inhalation and to a lesser extent ingestion In general asbestos is not considered acutely toxic Acute high level exposure may cause pleural disorders, mesothelioma or lung cancer after a long latency period Health effects of chronic exposure Chronic low level inhalation exposure may cause pleural disorders, mesothelioma or lung cancer; chronic high dose exposure may cause asbestosis Asbestos is a category 1 carcinogen i.e. is carcinogenic to humans Asbestos has not been linked with any adverse reproductive outcomes in humans Prepared by S Bull CHAPD HQ, HPA 2007 Version 1

19 ASBESTOS TOXICOLOGICAL OVERVIEW Toxicological Overview Summary of Health Effects The main route of exposure of asbestos fibres is through inhalation and to a lesser extent ingestion. Short thick fibres are deposited in the upper respiratory tract and are cleared by mucociliary action to the pharynx where they are swallowed. Longer thinner fibres are carried deeper into the distal airways and alveolar regions and are cleared at a much slower rate, thereby being retained in the lung for longer periods. The size and shape of the asbestos fibres can therefore determine the effect caused by their inhalation, as asbestosis is related to the number of shorter, thicker fibres, whereas mesothelioma and lung cancer are related to longer thinner fibres. Chrysotile fibres (white asbestos) are generally < 5 m and crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos), anthophyllite and tremolite fibres are approximately 5 10 m. In general, chrysotile is recognized recognised to be less potent regarding carcinogenicity than amosite or crocidolite. Asbestos is generally not considered to be acutely toxic, as few immediate effects are observed following exposure. Short-term high level inhalation exposure to asbestos has been associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural disorders such as pleural plaques. Such effects may be observed following a latency period of approximately 30 years. Epidemiology studies have shown that chronic inhalation of all types of asbestos fibres is associated with asbestosis, pleural abnormalities, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Parenchymal asbestosis is considered to be a feature of high occupational exposure whereas pleural disorders, mesothelioma and lung cancers are more commonly associated with long-term to low levels. Clinical signs and symptoms of asbestosis include basal crackles on auscultation, dyspnoea, rales, cough and abnormal gaseous exchange, which may ultimately lead to death. Hypoxia with cor pulmonale may occur in severe cases. Although asbestosis is non-malignant, its occurrence increases the risk of lung cancer, especially in smokers. Mesothelioma is a rare malignant tumour of the pleura or the peritoneum, induced mainly by amphibole asbestos and to a lesser extent chrysotile. Signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include weight loss, fever, chest pain, breathlessness on exertion and pleural effusion whereas peritoneal mesothelioma may cause abdominal pain, change in bowel habit and weight loss. Both are usually incurable when diagnosed. The incidence of mesothelioma appears to be independent of smoking. Lung cancer may be caused by chronic inhalation of chrysotile, amosite, anthophyllite, and mixed fibres containing crocidolite, tremolite and actinolite or tremolite with anthophyllite, although it is unknown if different fibres differ in their potency. As with mesothelioma, a latency period of approximately 30 years may occur between the initial exposure and onset of disease. Unlike mesothelioma, the incidence of lung cancer is related to smoking as asbestos and smoking act synergistically to exert their carcinogenic effect. Conflicting data exist regarding whether the inhalation of asbestos fibres may also cause cancer at other sites, such as stomach, oesophagus, colon or rectum. Overall, following a Toxicological overview: Page 2 of 15

20 ASBESTOS TOXICOLOGICAL OVERVIEW meta-analysis it was concluded that a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal cancers could not be established. The World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded that there was little evidence that ingested asbestos is hazardous to health and therefore did not feel it necessary to establish a healthbased guideline value for drinking water. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed available data on the carcinogenicity of asbestos. Overall, there was sufficient evidence for carcinogenicity and asbestos was classified as group 1, namely carcinogenic to humans. Although not entirely established, asbestos may be considered a genotoxic carcinogen hence is thought not to exhibit a threshold under which adverse effects are seen. There is evidence that chrysotile is less potent than the amphiboles, but as a precaution chrysotile has been attributed the same risk estimates, although no threshold has been identified for carcinogenic risks of chyrsotile. Toxicological overview: Page 3 of 15

21 ASBESTOS TOXICOLOGICAL OVERVIEW Kinetics and metabolism Asbestos consists largely of fibres that are generally insoluble and do not undergo absorption, distribution and metabolism as do most other non-fibrous chemicals. The main route of exposure of asbestos fibres is through inhalation and to a lesser extent ingestion. It is unlikely that appreciable amounts of asbestos will be absorbed following dermal exposure [1]. Following inhalation, asbestos fibres are deposited on the epithelial surface of the respiratory tract. The fate of the asbestos fibres depends on the site of deposition and the aerodynamic characteristics [1-2]. Shorter thicker fibres (> 3m) are deposited in the upper respiratory tract, whereas longer thinner fibres are carried deeper into the distal airways and alveolar regions [1-2]. Most of the fibres that are deposited in the upper airway are transported by mucociliary action to the pharynx, where they are swallowed. Fibres that are short enough to be ingested by macrophages are thought to be removed through phagocytosis [3]. Longer fibres are cleared at a much slower rate and may undergo fragmentation, splitting or dissolution. Therefore a higher proportion of longer fibres is retained in the lungs [3]. Due to the differences in structure and its longer fibre length, chrysotile is more likely to be deposited in the upper airways of the respiratory tract and is therefore cleared more efficiently from the lungs compared with amphibole fibres [2-3]. A small fraction of shorter fibres may also remain in the lungs for a longer period of time, and may penetrate through the epithelial layer of the lungs into the lymphatic system or the blood. Fibres that reach the lymphatic system are then able to reach other tissues of the body and those that that enter the gastrointestinal tract, either by ingestion following inhalation or mucociliary transport from the lungs are mostly excreted in the faeces [1-2]. Ingestion of asbestos is not a major route of exposure. Ingestion of asbestos may accompany inhalation due to fibres being cleared from the respiratory tract by mucocilliary action. Few ingested fibres pass through the wall of the gastrointestinal tract and reach the blood, lymph and urine hence most will be excreted in the faeces. Therefore the risk of noncarcinogenic injury to the lungs, heart, liver, kidney or skin following absorption from the GI tract is minimal [2, 4]. However, animal studies reported fibres in kidney, liver, brain, heart and spleen of rats fed only an asbestos-containing diet, supporting the hypothesis that fibres may pass though the gastrointestinal tract [1]. Asbestos fibres can pass through the skin. However, no studies have shown that fibres enter systemic circulation following dermal exposure [2]. Sources and route of human exposure Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous serpentine (chrysotile) or amphibole (crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite) minerals. Asbestos minerals are widely spread throughout the earth s crust. Chrysotile, the most abundant and commercially important form, is present in most serpentine rock formations and in many soils [5]. The main route of exposure of asbestos fibres is through inhalation and to a lesser extent ingestion [4, 6]. Toxicological overview: Page 4 of 15

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