Mesothelioma in Australia: cresting the third wave

Bruce Armstrong, Tim Driscoll
2016 Public Health Research & Practice  
There has been much recent commentary about the 'third wave' of asbestosrelated disease, arising particularly from exposures of people repairing, renovating or demolishing buildings that contain asbestos. The presence and extent of a third wave, however, are difficult to assess, and the extent and risk of both occupational and nonoccupational third-wave exposures are largely unmeasured. Moreover, we lack information on the extent of deterioration of in situ asbestos, and its significance for
more » ... ient and third-wave exposures. This paper considers the available evidence about the third wave. It proposes approaches to obtaining the information needed to properly estimate the risk of third-wave exposures, and guide actions that will crest a likely third wave with minimum harm and cost to the community. This would be the third phase of asbestos-related disease that Philip Landrigan postulated in 1991 2 , which is often referred to as the 'third wave': asbestos-related disease in people repairing, renovating or demolishing asbestos-containing buildings. The first wave was due to mining and milling ore, and making asbestos products, and the second wave was due to working with and using the products. Landrigan probably coined the term 'third wave' in relation to occupational exposure, although there is some Mesothelioma in Australia: cresting the third wave
doi:10.17061/phrp2621614 pmid:27734057 fatcat:dpscdcx2hvhijjtwlfnjfo4cl4