Friday 3 June 2011

Where are we with "white asbestos"?

An article has just been published entitled "White asbestos definitely a top-level carcinogen, says expert". The opening paragraph states that the Government’s chief scientific advisor has no valid reason to demote crysotile (white) asbestos to a less-serious category than a Class 1 carcinogenic substance.
Basically, the article then goes on to say that unlike the amphibole forms of asbestos (brown and blue) where there is a lot of data there is much less data on pure crysotile, so it's being assumed as being a concern. This is the safe and arguably sensible stance to take, but hardly a "definite" conclusion.
See article

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