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Determinants influencing the amount of asbestos-cement roofing in Poland

Ewa Wilk
  • Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • WGS84 Polska Sp. z o.o., Milanówek, Poland
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/ Małgorzata Krówczyńska
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Published Online: 2015-10-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0014


Because of its harmfulness to human health, asbestos has been banned in 55 countries, including the EU. In Poland, the use and production of asbestos and asbestos-containing products has been forbidden since 1997. However, there is no precise data about the amount of asbestos-containing products to be eliminated from the territory of Poland. This survey aims to identify characteristics that have a significant impact on the estimation of asbestos-containing products used in Poland. Statistical correlation between the results of the physical inventory count done in 155 municipalities was examined. As a result of the survey it was found that the amount of asbestos-cement roofing depends on the following factors: the number of individual farms in the village, the distance from the asbestos manufacturing plants, the age of the buildings and the economic situation of municipality. The results obtained may contribute to the ability to predict the amount of asbestos-containing products used in other municipalities.

Keywords: Asbestos; asbestos-containing products; GIS; monitoring; asbestos removal process; Poland


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Received: 2014-09-25

Accepted: 2015-07-22

Published Online: 2015-10-26

Published in Print: 2015-09-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica, Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 82–86, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0014.

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