Environmental Health Risk Management Plan: Asbestos Case Study by Nicky

Environmental Health Risk Management Plan: Asbestos
A case study assessing the risk management plan when detecting asbestos.
# 149056 | 887 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 22, 2011 in Environmental Studies (Management) , Environmental Studies (General)

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This is a case study on the risk management plans posed by asbestos. The study features a six step breakdown on such things as identifying the problem and analyzing the risks. The paper includes what to do about the risks and how one could implement a plan to correct the problem.

Step 1: Define the problem and put it in context
Step 2: Analyze the risks associated with the problem in context
Step 3: Examine options for addressing the risks
Step 4: Make decisions about which options to implement
Step 5: Take actions to implement the decisions: Multi-source, multi-media, multi-chemical, and multi-risk context
Step 6: Conduct an evaluation of the action

From the Paper:

"The EPA has used a two-pronged strategy: phasing out future use of asbestos and only 'grandfathering' in those existing structures with acceptable levels of risk. Asbestos has been used in many buildings and in many industries since the 1800s. It is used in strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. Asbestos has also been used in ceiling and floor tiles; paints, coatings, and adhesives; and plastics--even in crayons until recently (Asbestos exposure and cancer risk, 2009, The National Cancer Institute).
"Thus, in terms of the stakeholders, many people are potentially at risk. Builders, shipbuilders who use asbestos to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes; mechanics who use asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads; and everyone who lives in a structure which may contain asbestos or asbestos insulation could be at risk for some level of exposure, and the level of risk depends on the individual. Even a person who goes up to his or her asbestos-insulated attic in an old home on a frequent basis could be at risk, especially if he or she is a smoker. Smoking, because of the damage it does to the lungs, can exacerbate the damage of breathing in asbestos."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asbestos. (2009). EPA. Retrieved May 10, 2009 http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/
  • Asbestos ban and phase out asbestos ban. (2009). EPA. Retrieved May 10, 2009 http://www.epa.gov/oppt/asbestos/pubs/ban.html
  • Asbestos exposure and cancer risk. (2009). The National Cancer Institute. Retrieved May 10, 2009 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos
  • Current best practices for preventing asbestos exposure (2007). EPA. Retrieved May 10, 2009 http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/brakesbrochure.html#What
  • Framework for environmental health risk management. (1997). Final report: Presidential/Congressional Assessment Commission. Retrieved May 10, 2009 http://www.riskworld.com/nreports/1997/risk-rpt/pdf/EPAJAN.PDF

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