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Exposure to Airborne Asbestos in Jamaican Hospitals

Analysis by phase contrast microscopy of personal air samples collected at two major hospitals in Jamaica revealed that some samples contained fibres resembling asbestos. However, confirmatory testing by transmission electron microscopy showed that asbestos fibres were not present in the air samples.


Objective: Asbestos is an established human carcinogen and has been identified at 16 of 26 Jamaican hospitals surveyed. We sought to determine if hospital employees are exposed and if current asbestos exposure in Jamaican hospitals differed by job category.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013
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