Research on Workers

Australian researchers have been monitoring the incidence of asbestos-related disease amongst workers. They have also been examining workers’ attitudes to asbestos risks; their awareness of, and compliance with, recommended protocols for handling asbestos. Some of their studies are included in the following links.

Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers :  Safe Work Australia, February 2010
This study commissioned by SafeWork Australia examined the levels of awareness amongst construction and maintenance workers of the risk from asbestos. It looked at their attitudes towards risk and their awareness of the occupational safety and health requirements to ensure safe handling.
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Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers Follow-up Report : Safe Work Australia, July 2010
A follow-up report issued by SafeWork Australia in July 2010 contained information about the levels of knowledge and compliance amongst workers in specific occupations, for example carpenters and electricians.
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Past and Future Incidence of Mesothelioma in Men in New South Wales : Dust Diseases Board Research and Education Unit  
This study, commissioned by the Dust Diseases Board of New South Wales, looked at the incidence of mesothelioma amongst men in the state to date, in an attempt to predict the likely incidence of the disease into the future.

At the time the study was done, it was estimated that the incidence of mesothelioma would peak in 2014 with 196 cases (245 including females). Given the long latency period of the disease, the researchers estimate that fewer than half the total number of cases anticipated for this epidemic have occurred to date.

Despite the phasing out of asbestos use in industry and widespread implementation of occupational health and safety regulations which has reduced significant workplace exposure New South Wales, mesothelioma will continue to manifest itself in the community until around 2050.
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