Saf Health Work.  2013 Jun;4(2):84-86.

Awareness of Asbestos and Action Plans for Its Exposure can Help Lives Exposed to Asbestos

  • 1Research Institute of Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, College of Medicine, Kosin University, Busan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Occupational Toxicology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan.
  • 4Ankara Occupational Diseases Hospital, Ministry of Health, Ankara, Turkey.
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kosin University, Busan, Korea.


Despite the fact that asbestos is a known carcinogen to humans, it is still used in industrialized countries, especially Asian countries. The global incidence of asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) due to the past use of asbestos, continues to increase, although many countries have adopted a total ban on asbestos use. The implementation of effective strategies to eliminate ARDs is therefore an important challenge in Asia, where asbestos is still mined and consumed. Collaborative efforts and strategies at the local and international levels are vital, in the pursuit toward the elimination of ARDs in this region.


asbestos; asbestos-related diseases; elimination; international collaboration; pleural plaques
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