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John E. Craighead and Allen R. Gibbs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178692.001.0001

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US Governmental Regulatory Approaches and Actions

US Governmental Regulatory Approaches and Actions

(p.317) 13 US Governmental Regulatory Approaches and Actions
Asbestos and Its Diseases

John E. Craighead

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the historical evolution of society's efforts to protect workers and the members of the general public in the United States in the context of the existing regulations in major industrial countries of Europe and North America. The elimination of occupational and environmental asbestos-related disease rarely satisfies all interested parties. The outcome proves to be a compromise, in part, dictated by the technical inadequacies of industrial control measures for dust in the workplace, and the shortcomings of the available scientific information, particularly data on the long-term outcome of asbestos exposures in humans. Regulators are faced with an impossible task juxtaposed between the pleas of industry for economic “sanity” and members of the general population often influenced by inflammatory predictions of the media, worker groups, and environmental activists.

Keywords:   occupational health and safety, regulation, asbestos exposure, occupational asbestos regulations

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