Concentrations of asbestos fibres at wild asbestos wastes damping grounds

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2014, Vol 20, Issue 1


Introduction. Products containing asbestos should be protected and removed according to precisely specified regulations.Asbestos products are removed by properly trained teams provided with suitable equipment. The above-mentioned enterprises are responsible for the correct deposition and protection, as well as safe transport, of asbestos wastes to specially adapted dumping grounds. Unfortunately, not all owners of asbestos containing wastes use the services of the specialized enterprises. They deconstruct asbestos products on their own, exposing themselves and others to risk. Such wastes are subsequently deposited without any protection or disposed into the natural environment. Wild dumping grounds occurring in this way emit great amounts of dangerous fibres into the air, and create a great risk for humans and animals.Objective. The aim of the study was evaluation of concentrations of asbestos fibres at wild asbestos wastes damping grounds.Methods. Air samples were collected according to the Polish Standards PN-84/Z-04008.02 and PN-Z-04008–7. The strategy of collecting samples will also be based on the methods of investigating dust in the agricultural occupational environment developed at the Institute of Rural Health. The determination of the concentration of asbestos fibres was performed in accordance with Polish Standard PN-88/Z-04202/02.Results. A high concentration of asbestos fibres was established in the area of wild asbestos dumping grounds. The emission of harmful fibres in such places is very high. This shows that asbestos products, when inadequately dismantled and disposed into the natural environment, create a greater risk for health and life.Key words: asbestos, asbestos fibres, wild wastes damping grounds, concentrations of fibers

Authors and Affiliations

Wojciech Brzana, Agnieszka Buczaj, Jakub Nowak, Dorota Nowak


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Wojciech Brzana, Agnieszka Buczaj, Jakub Nowak, Dorota Nowak (2014). Concentrations of asbestos fibres at wild asbestos wastes damping grounds. Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 20(1), 98-101.