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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 143; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010143

Asbestos-Related Disorders in Germany: Background, Politics, Incidence, Diagnostics and Compensation

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European Society for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, EOM, Berlin, Germany
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Emeritus, Institute for Occupational and Maritime Medicine, University of Hamburg, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany
Received: 12 November 2017 / Revised: 19 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 16 January 2018
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There was some limited use of asbestos at end of the 19th century in industrialized countries including Germany, but its consumption dramatically increased after World War II. The increase in use and exposure was followed by the discovery of high numbers of asbestos-related diseases with a mean latency period of about 38 years in Germany. The strong socio-political pressure from the asbestos industry, its affiliated scientists and physicians has successfully hindered regulatory measures and an asbestos ban for many years; a restrictive stance that is still being unravelled in compensation litigation. This national experience is compared with the situation in other industrialized countries and against the backdrop of the constant efforts of the WHO to eliminate asbestos-related diseases worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: asbestos; asbestosis; mesothelioma; prevention; threshold limit values; compensation; stakeholders; asbestos ban; litigation asbestos; asbestosis; mesothelioma; prevention; threshold limit values; compensation; stakeholders; asbestos ban; litigation
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