Retrospective view of airborne dust levels in workplace of a chrysotile mine in Ural, Russia

Ind Health. 2001 Apr;39(2):51-6. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.39.51.


The Bazhenovskoye chrysotile asbestos deposit has been exploited for 115 years. All the technological operations in the quarry are accompanied by the formation of high-dispersion asbestos-containing aerosols. The dust concentrations at the miner's working places for the last 30 years (1970-2000) were at or below the Russian MACs(m.s.) level (4.0 mg/m3). The seasonal precipitation amount in the deposit area causes a rise in dust content in certain periods. The maximum density of asbestos respirable fibres exceeded 2.7 f/cm3. All the identified fibres belonged to chrysotile asbestos, and no amphibole asbestos, such as tremolite asbestos, has been identified. An excessive dust level remains, despite the dust content level decrease, at the work sites of oversized lump drillers and unloaders, and oncopathology heightened risk remains in these occupational groups, as a result.

MeSH terms

  • Asbestos, Serpentine / analysis*
  • Asbestosis / epidemiology*
  • Dust / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Maximum Allowable Concentration
  • Mining*
  • Noise, Occupational
  • Occupational Exposure*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Russia / epidemiology
  • Seasons
  • Vibration


  • Asbestos, Serpentine
  • Dust