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Asbestos in the 21st Century

Beginning in the late 19th century use of asbestos climbed as thousands of applications were developed. Eventually asbestos consumption reached a world-wide peak of more than 4.5 million tons per year in around 1980. However, as the health risks became more widely known, mining and use of asbestos declined (at least in the industrialized countries), but continues at about 2 million tons per year, with continued health risks. Yet, even in countries that have not used asbestos for decades, millions of tons of asbestos-containing building material remain in place and are a potential hazard. Dr. Franzblau's presentation will focus on these historical developments, and current challenges related to asbestos that remains in place. He will also briefly discuss what is known about screening for asbestos-related disease.

Date Thursday, 2 March 2017
Time 12:10pm - 1:00am
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Departmental Seminar
Open Seminar
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine
LocationRoom 033, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street, Dunedin
Contact NameAlison Crossan
Contact Phone64 3 479 7202

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