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5 May 2016

Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos

Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Richard A. Lemen and other scientists have recently prepared a Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos summarizing the scientific consensus of its dangers. The Fact Sheet illustrates the clear consensus that chrysotile asbestos cannot be used safely nor is it a safe form of asbestos.

Summary of Facts
Throughout the last thirty years, scientific organizations and governmental agencies have thoroughly and meticulously reviewed extensive published data on asbestos and have concluded that all of its commercially viable fiber types (including amosite, anthophyllite, actinolite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite) cause disease and death resulting from asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancers of the larynx and ovary. There has not been identified any safe level of exposure to any form of asbestos; i.e. no threshold value below which all individuals would be risk-free of contracting an asbestos-related disease. Therefore, we support the immediate prohibition of the use of any form of asbestos-containing products, including those containing chrysotile, and call for their complete elimination.

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