WVU Physician to Discuss Asbestos and Health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  -- Alan M. Ducatman, M.D., an occupational medicine specialist and chair of the Department of Community Medicine at West Virginia University, will hold an educational seminar on “Asbestos in Buildings and Health Effects” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Room 6419 of the Health Sciences Center South. The seminar also will be available by webcast.

The information will be of particular interest to WVU construction trades workers who have been exposed to asbestos products, and to those who have worked in other professions where asbestos was used. Attendees will learn about the health hazards of asbestos in buildings, and Dr. Ducatman will discuss why most new products avoid asbestos.

He will discuss who is at risk, with particular emphasis on older building trades workers who may have worked with these products before their risks were widely known. Participants will learn how to identify construction materials which may contain asbestos. 

As a part of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit, WVU has established a medical monitoring program for University employees and former employees who may have been exposed to asbestos products on campus. This event is provided as a part of the settlement, and information on the monitoring program will also be a part of the seminar. 

If interest exceeds the capacity of the seminar room, an overflow area with video connections will be opened in Room 3084 HSC South.

The webcast will be available during the seminar and afterward on the WVU Community Medicine website:

http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/ophp/grandRounds.asp .

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bc: 11-27-06

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