トクシマケン ニオケル アスベスト ケンコウ ヒガイ タイサク
The health policy on Asbestos in the Tokushima Prefectural Office
Sano, Yuji Division of the Health Promotion, Tokusima Prefectural Office
Miyake, Masahumi Division of the Health Promotion, Tokusima Prefectural Office
Bandou, Katunori Division of the Health Promotion, Tokusima Prefectural Office
Koizumi, Sin Division of the Health Promotion, Tokusima Prefectural Office
Fujikawa, Jyunko Division of the Health Promotion, Tokusima Prefectural Office
The influence on health of asbestos is established, and many studies indicated that inhalation of asbestos fibers led to fibrotic lungs, pleural plaques and thickening , and cancer of the lungs, the pleurae, and peritonea（mesotheliomata in pleurae, and peritonea）. The changes of these organs are sometimes found in people occupationally exposed to asbestos and in a few people living in areas with high environmental levels of asbestos. The health effects of exposure to asbestos depend on the dose, and the duration.
The law requires people to take an appropriate action to control the release of asbestos fibers. On the other hand, the employers are legally responsible for providing a safe workplace.
The Tokushima Prefectural Office has been implementing strict safety measures for prefectural buildings to address the issue of asbestos. For easing the public concern, related bureaus and divisions have to take a cooperative effort.
The following overview summarizes measures to be taken on the issue of asbestos that will be implemented by the relevant bureaus and divisions of the Tokushima Prefectural Office. （1） Enhance consulting services for residents（regarding health, labor, environmental and construction issues）. （2） Prepare office manuals for answering the questions about them（Q&A）. （3） Improve the services of the administrative bureaus to provide with appropriate information. （4） Enhance public cooperative activities and providing of information to the residents. （5）Measure asbestos concentration in the general environment.
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