Experiments to improve EPA’s understanding of asbestos-related exposures
Learn about EPA experiments to better understand the nature of human asbestos exposures.
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Experiments of controlled aerosolization of asbestos from contaminated bulk materials(soils, surfaces, fabrics, carpets, etc.) will be conducted by the EPA to evaluate the effects associated with disturbance of contaminated bulk materials under various conditions.
In collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, EPA is conducting a performance evaluation to develop an improved analytical method for evaluation of asbestos contaminated soils. This method will provide more reliable and improved detection of asbestos for exposure characterization and risk assessment.
EPA is conducting a study to evaluate the relationship between asbestos fiber loads in carpets and indoor air concentrations.
EPA is evaluating existing procedures and providing recommendations for improvements to current methods for measuring asbestos and other disease-causing fibers. This research will compare the efficiencies of airborne asbestos fiber sampling approaches, including filter composition and pore size and the likelihood that soil-bound asbestos will become airborne.
Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency