Asbestos Cement Pipes Risk Assessment

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Main Report sent to Waverley Borough Council by Cranleigh Civic Society:

Asbestos Cement Pipes, H & S Risk Assessment, CCS, 29-Jan-17

References:

1. Thames Water email 23-Dec-16, 30% & 2%

2. Water Research Council report, deterioration of AC pipes, 1988

3. Water Research Council Report, May 1985

4. Asbestos in Drinking Water, WHO, 1996, updated 2003

5. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, 14, 122-152, 2011

6. Faber Maunsell Ltd Report for DWI, May 2002

7. Crysotile Institute, Bulletin V10, Nov 2011

8. Health Protection Agency toxicological overview, 2007

9. WHO Crysotile Asbestos Report, 2014,

10. Institute of Public Health (Netherlands) Report no. 758473006, 1987, Section 1.1.1 Oral

11. ATSDR (USA) toxicology report, 2001

12. WHO declaration of interest form, 2010

13. Woodstock report, asbestos risk from AC pipes, 1987

14. Request to Jeremy Hunt for medical data, Jan-08-17

15. Asbestos (Hansard, 8 November 1983)

16. Brita filters statement, 28-Apr-16

17. 2015 Thames Water, Drinking Water Quality Report_Z0163_Cranleigh

18. pH tests in Cranleigh, 28-Jan-17

Since publishing this report we have located several other studies on  the risk of Asbestos Drinking Water Pipes (although the majority appears to cover Chrysotile (white) asbestos only):

Drinking Water Quality: Problems and Solutions

Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and exposure to asbestos in drinking water among lighthouse keepers (Norway). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7758048_Cancer_of_the_gastrointestinal_tract_and_exposure_to_asbestos_in_drinking_water_among_lighthouse_keepers_Norway [accessed Jun 6, 2017].

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/12/prweb13918925.htm– Scientists Warn of Mesothelioma Risk in Italy’s Drinking Water, According to Surviving Mesothelioma 7 April 2017

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27919155– [Possible health risks from asbestos in drinking water] PubMed Article Dec 2016 Further information here –http://www.epiprev.it/intervento/rischio-clinico-da-ingestione-di-fibre-di-amianto-acqua-potabile english translation towards the bottom of the page).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2744839  Conclusion – There is no agreement between the results of the various studies, but an association between ingested asbestos fibres and cancer of the stomach and pancreas has been found with some degree of consistency.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1569098/pdf/envhper00459-0054.pdf  – In conclusion, there is no question that studies designed at the individual level, such as case control studies, are now needed to establish firmly risk levels to ingested asbestos. However, as illustrated above, the costs of reliably establishing these risk levels will be high, a fact that should be recognized by the sponsors and investigators of future research in this area.

 

 

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