Applying Quality Criteria to Exposure in Asbestos Epidemiology Increases the Estimated Risk

Date Published: 
Sun, 05/29/2011

By Alex Burdorf and Dick Heederik. British Occupational Hygiene Society. May 29, 2011.

The government of the Netherlands recently decided that their occupational exposure limit to asbestos was still too high. The Health Council of the Netherlands proposed dropping the limit from .01 percent to .002 percent. OSHA's occupational limit is .1 percent. (And it began as 2 percent, which the asbestos companies all swore would be technically unfeasible.)  This study also disproves the asbestos industry's claims that some types of asbestos are safer than others: "It also suggested that the apparent differences in lung cancer potency between amphiboles and chrysotile may be produced by lower quality studies."