Evaluation of knowledge level about asbestos exposure in urban transformation construction areas

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Konak Ö., Tatlipinar M. E., OMURTAG G. Z.

Acta Pharmaceutica Sciencia, vol.55, no.4, pp.85-100, 2017 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.23893/1307-2080.aps.05528
  • Journal Name: Acta Pharmaceutica Sciencia
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-100
  • Keywords: Asbestos, Exposure to asbestos, Occupational illness, Urban transformation
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Since Turkey is in an earthquake zone, historically there has been a lot of demolition in various cities, including Istanbul which contains many historical places. Residents of Istanbul are subject to calamity regulations and plans that fall under these regulations. Older buildings, and those in a state of disrepair which are not in compliance with regulations, are demolished to make the city safer. In this context, urban transformations are based in Istanbul. In many cases Istanbul’s demolitions reveal carcinogenic asbestos fibers, which are known to have carcinogenic effects. Building employees are directly exposed to asbestos dust, and the local community is indirectly exposed. Protecting against the negative health affects of asbestos on building employees who are working in buildings unknown to have asbestos is under discussion. The aim of this study is to create awareness of asbestos and to protect against its negative affects on building employees working in urban transformations areas. Surveys show that the employes are uninformed about asbestos and its effects. The projects must continue to create awareness.