The draft document, “Asbestos and Other Mineral Fibers: A Roadmap for Scientific Research,” is posted on the NIOSH Web site atwww.cdc.gov/niosh/review/public/099/. It was developed by a working group of NIOSH scientists and engineers with combined experience in toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, analytical chemistry and other disciplines.
Potential research goals and objectives suggested by the draft include:
- Development of improved sampling and analytical methods for asbestos and other mineral fibers;
- Development of information and knowledge on occupational exposures to asbestos and other mineral fibers and fiber-like cleavage fragments, and the health outcomes of those exposures; and
- Development of a broader understanding of the important determinants of toxicity for fibers and fiber-like cleavage fragments.