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Health Care Professionals


Taking an Exposure History Print Version [PDF - 141 KB]*
This form helps health care professionals capture and evaluate the exposure history of a patient.

Quick Guides

Asbestos-Related Disease: An Overview for Clinicians Print Version [PDF - 150 KB]*
This brief overview describes the primary adverse effects of asbestos exposure, clinician guidelines for assessing patient risk for asbestos-related disease, and clinical evaluation techniques and strategies for providing advice to patients.

Clinical Screening Guidelines for Asbestos-Related Lung Disease Preview Version [PDF - 145 KB] | Print Version [PDF - 190 KB]*
These guidelines list the steps to take in screening for asbestos-related lung disease. Key components include a medical history interview, a comprehensive physical examination, a postero-anterior chest radiograph, and a simple pulmonary function test.

ToxFAQs™ for Asbestos HTML Version | Print Version [PDF - 2.99 MB]*
This abbreviated version of the Toxicological Profile for Asbestos answers questions about the toxicological characteristics and health effects of asbestos.

Environmental Exposure History — "I Prepare" — Pocket Guide Print Version [PDF - 48 KB]*
The "I Prepare" pocket guide is a reference card to use when conducting an exposure history.

In-Depth References

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine: Taking an Exposure History HTML Version
This case study increases the health care professional's knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment. It also provides information for evaluating persons who may have been exposed to hazardous substances.

Toxicological Profile for Asbestos HTML Version | Print Version [PDF - 2.99 MB]*
This profile gives detailed information on the toxicological characteristics and health effects of asbestos.

Patient Handouts

Asbestos Exposure and Your Health HTML Version
Read this information if you or someone you know may have been exposed to asbestos.

Cigarette Smoking, Asbestos Exposure, and Your Health Print Version [PDF - 648 KB]*
This brochure explains how the risk of lung cancer greatly increases when you smoke cigarettes and are exposed to asbestos.

Living with Asbestos-Related Illness Print Version [PDF - 2.6 MB]*
The booklet is a self-care guide for persons living with asbestos-related illness. Topics covered in the guide include characteristics of asbestos, asbestos-related illness, the respiratory system, treatment methods, preventive care, traveling tips, pulmonary rehabilitation, and relaxation and breathing techniques.

En Español - Viviendo con Enfermedades Relacionadas con el Asbesto Print Version [PDF - 2.1 MB]*

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