Persisting issues with the most recognized building material health risks
Lead and asbestos
Emina Kristina Petrović, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
This chapter uses the examples of lead and asbestos to evaluate whether there are any examples of successful elimination of harmful substances, and if so, which steps were needed in the process. The chapter reviews patterns in very slow recognition and action towards reductions and elimination of exposures to lead and asbestos. It proposes that even after 2–3 decades of regulation around these most known substances of concern, they are still not fully eliminated, and a more sophisticated understanding of just how harmful they are is still emerging.
Get Materials for a Healthy, Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment now with the O’Reilly learning platform.
O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.