RESEARCH PAPER
Study on the concentration of airbone respirable asbestos fibres in rural areas of the Lublin region in south-east Poland
 
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Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
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Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Life Sciences, Lublin, Poland
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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Faculty, Lublin University of Technology, Poland
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Department of Public Health, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2014;21(3):639–643
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ABSTRACT
Objective:
The objective of the study was measurement of the concentrations of airborne asbestos fibres in the rural environment of the Lublin Region in south-east Poland.

Methods:
Measurements of concentrations of respirable asbestos fibres were carried out in the rural areas of the Lublin Region (Lublin and Włodawa counties) for a period of 24 months. The studies were conducted on 3 farms with various technical conditions of asbestos-containing materials: Farm A – good technical condition of asbestos products, Farm B – poor technical condition, and Farm C – with no asbestos containing products and no such products in its direct vicinity (up to 500 m). On the selected farms, 3 samples on each were simultaneously collected at 3 measuring sites. During the period 2009–2011, a total number of 216 samples were collected on all farms. Sampling was performed using JSH 16,000 stationary aspirators, with air flow velocity of 16 l/min. and sampling time 60–80 minutes. The number of fibres on filters was determined using an optical phase contrast microscope.

Results:
The study showed that the mean concentration of respirable asbestos fibres on the farms examined was 296 fibres•m-3. The highest concentrations were noted on Farm B was 529 fibres•m-3, on average; on farm A the mean concentration of respirable fibres was 328 fibres•m-3, whereas the lowest mean concentration of airborne respirable asbestos fibres was noted on farm C, where there were no asbestos products (30 fibres•m-3).

 
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