Asbestos-related lung diseases

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This factsheet was prepared by the ELF office with assistance from Professor P.S. Burge, of the Occupational Lung Disease Unit, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, UK. The material was reviewed and approved by the ERS Advisory Board.

Information sources

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Enviromental Protection Agency.
The Health and Safety Executive.
European Environment Agency.

Interesting links

An article entitled ‘Induced sputum in occupational lung diseases’ published in Breathe 2005, E. Fireman, Y. Lerman

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