February 23, 2015 – The Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umea University in Sweden conducted a research study focused on male Swedish construction workers who participated in health examinations between 1971 and 1993. The study revealed there were 419 cases of mesothelioma among construction workers in Sweden between 1972 and 2009. The types of construction workers exposed to asbestos included electricians, plant workers, painters, concrete, and wood workers.
At this point in time, people exposed to asbestos born between 1935 and 1945 are at the greatest risk for receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis. The disease has a latency period that ranges from 20 to as many as 60 years. Before the U.S. established guidelines to aid in protecting workers from asbestos, people were continually exposed to the material without realizing the potential dangers.
U.S. guidelines include requiring employers to train workers in the safe handling of asbestos and to make them aware of the risks associated with exposure. Based on the results of this study, authors for the American Journal of Industrial Medicine feel that safe handling of asbestos in the construction industry may be an impossible task given the wide variety of occupations who were exposed to asbestos.
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