Industrial Hygiene Books that Mention Asbestos Health Concerns

This category is for books that discuss the hazard of asbestos in the workplace, and/or recommend the use of asbestos protective clothing. Asbestos aprons, gloves, and suits were used to protect workers from high temperatures and fires, but unfortunately, the clothing that was recommended to keep them safe may have exposed them to asbestos.

Some of these vintage occupational manuals have guidelines about safe exposure limits for airborne asbestos fiber, information about respirators and local exhaust ventilation. We try to keep various editions in stock, so that we have reference books for the 1940s-1990s, but the early editions are especially hard-to-find.

For more books on occupational exposure, check out these categories: medical books, asbestosis books, and mesothelioma books.

Supervisors Safety Manual

Supervisors Safety Manual (1964)
Describes asbestos caused occupational diseases. Also info on asbestos suits, asbestos clothing, and respirators. Recommends asbestos blankets for use during welding.

Supervisors Safety Manual

Supervisors Safety Manual (1980)
Occupational diseases caused by asbestos dust. Uses of asbestos, including the use of asbestos blankets and curtains for protection during welding operations.

Health in Relation to Occupation

Health in Relation to Occupation (1939)
This is an early medical book on occupational health from London, England. Asbestosis is described.

Lot of brochures showing Air Pollution Control Equipment

Lot of brochures showing Air Pollution Control Equipment
The Pentapure, from The Purity Corporation, was used in a Johns-Manville plant on an asbestos mixer.

Industrial Carcinogens

Industrial Carcinogens (1959)
Information about asbestos handling and controlling dustiness during industrial processes. There is a section on asbestosis and lung cancer too.

Industrial Toxicology

Industrial Toxicology (1974)
Fibrogenic Dusts. History of knowledge about asbestos illness dating back to 1907. Chest X-ray changes, treatment, safe levels of asbestos dust, respiratory protection.

Pathology of the Lung (2 Volume Set)

Pathology of the Lung (2 Volume Set) (1978)
Information on the occurrence of lung cancer among those handling asbestos. It cites several studies or reports, one of which is from 1935.

Occupational Health Practice

Occupational Health Practice (1973)
Asbestos and Cancer, Mesothelial tumours, and Protective Clothing.

Occupational Diseases: A Guide to Their Recognition

Occupational Diseases: A Guide to Their Recognition (1977)
Asbestos listed as causing cancer of the Lung, Gastroenteric Tract, Larynx, and Pleural Cavity. Asbestosis. Asbestos & Automobile Workers.

Basic Industrial Hygiene: A Training Manual

Basic Industrial Hygiene: A Training Manual (1975)
Asbestos caused lung cancer and asbestosis described.

Health in Industry

Health in Industry (1959)
Recommends methods such as ventilation and respirators to prevent asbestosis.

Industrial Safety

Industrial Safety (1963)
Asbestos gloves and garments, respirators for asbestos dust, asbestosis.

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