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Asbestos Dangerous to Life

1 July 1978
Poster, 1981
BG D D3/809

Asbestos dust had been recognized as responsible for causing pneumoconiosis in the 1930s, while scientific consensus on its carcinogenic nature emerged in the late 1960s. On 1 July 1978, the Dutch government introduced an industrial regulation lowering the permitted maximum of asbestos at the workplace and prohibiting crocidolite and sprayed asbestos. The Netherlands banned the processing and import of asbestos in 2005. Sadly enough deaths from pleural mesothelioma grew steadily from 1969 to 1998, and 5526 deaths from this disease were recorded in the Netherlands during this period.

Alfredo Menéndez-Navarro, The Art of Preventive Health and Safety in Europe (Brussels 2015) 42