Asbestos in air – sampling and SEM analysys

Mirakovski, Dejan and Boev, Blazo and Sijakova-Ivanova, Tena and Boev, Ivan and Hadzi-Nikolova, Marija (2019) Asbestos in air – sampling and SEM analysys. In: OSH Priority, 9-12 Oct 2019, Ohrid.

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Asbestos is common term for group of fibrous minerals occurring in nature. Asbestos usage and problems associated with asbestos exposure are not new. According to IARC, dangerous for human health are fibers with diameter less than 3 μm length above 5 μm, with minimal aspect 3:1. Due to
specific properties if the fibers are inhaled, they could stay for years in the lungs and lead to very serious health conditions including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Special problem is long latency period between 10 and 40 years. Flowing the scientific data, all of the EU countries has effectively banned asbestos usage. Therefore proper asbestos monitoring is crucial for safe working
and living environment, and adequate methods are prescribed in national regulations or in a form of international best practices and recommendations/standards. All methods include different microscopic techniques for asbestos detection in material or environment medias. This approach is necessary as only part of the fibers pose danger to human health and determination of numerical and not mass concertation is necessary.
Keywords: asbestos, air, monitoring, SEM

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Environmental engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Marija Hadzi-Nikolova
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2019 10:23
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2019 10:23

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