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|
|Event Category||Health Sciences|
|Department||Preventive and Social Medicine|
|Location||Room 033, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street, Dunedin|
|Contact Name||Alison Crossan|
|Contact Phone||64 3 479 7202|