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The Magic and Deadly Dust: Asbestos and Your Health

Publisher:  Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  28pp  
Resource Type:  Article

Abstract:  In the past year the hazards of asbestos, both in occupational and environmental areas, have arisen once again as a major health concern. Last full (1979) the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) in co-operation with the Windsor Occupational Health and Safety )WOSH) Council developed the booklet The Magic and Deadly Dust as an educational tool for workers concerned about hazards of asbestos.

Areas covered in the booklet include: diseases caused by asbestos; a list of hazardous occupations; evaluation of the current exposure limits for asbestos; the risk to workers in various industries; brief case histories of the struggles off workers at Scarborough Johns-Manville and Bendix Automotive (Windsor) plants; the hazards of asbestos outside the workplace and a section of answers to the most frequently asked questions about asbestos use.

Recently OPIRG researchers, under contract to the Toronto Department of Health, Advocacy Unit have produced an extensive report on hazards of asbestos in the air and drinking water.

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