The effects and control of diseases associated with exposure to asbestos in a naval dockyard
A review of the literature relating to the diseases associated with
exposure to asbestos is followed by a description of processes involving
materials containing asbestos, and the men employed, in HJ Dockyard, Devonport.
The development of preventive measures is explained, and details are given of
the precautionary methods which have been introduced as a direct result of the
An account is presented of an extensive survey of the dust concentrations
occurring in most of the processes involving asbestos materials in the
Dockyard. This survey shows the degree of risk to which men have probably
been exposed in the past, and explains how many men, not previously thought
to have been at risk, have been exposed to high dust concentrations.
A detailed study of the clinical, radiological and physiological
changes occurring in the men exposed to asbestos is described, and this is
followed by a proportional mortality study of the lung and gastro-intestinal
neoplasms occurring in Plymouth males.
The report concludes with a general discussion of the data.