Asbestos: Children

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Public Health England has expertise in toxicology within its Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards and can draw on expertise on asbestos risks to children through the Department of Health expert committee on carcinogenicity (COC) of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment. This Committee has reviewed evidence and produced a statement on the relative vulnerability of children to asbestos compared to adults, which can be found at:

www.iacoc.org.uk/statements/documents/Asbestosinschoolsstatement_000.pdf

Further information on the Committee, including the papers and minutes of the discussions on relative vulnerability of children to asbestos compared to adults, is available from the COC website at:

www.iacoc.org.uk

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