What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos?

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Q:What is the threshold limit value (TLV) for asbestos?

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommended exposure limit for asbestos is:

Time weighted average: 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter (f/cc). OSHA would list this as the permissible exposure limit or PEL.

The ACGIH defines a respiratory fiber as a fiber longer than 5 microns and at least three times as long as their diameter as determined by the membrane filter method at 400-450 X magnification using phase contrast illumination.

The TLV basis for the recommendation is pneumoconiosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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