About Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic fibrotic lung disease, which results from the long-term inhalation of respirable asbestos fibers.

Through passive surveillance, the Environmental & Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit (EIET) maintains a database of information on cases of asbestosis in the state of Texas. Texas law requires that designated professionals, primarily physicians and laboratorians, report cases of asbestosis to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The reports are received by EIET. Since 1986 the passive reporting of asbestosis has been supplemented by conducting quarterly reviews of death certificates to identify certificates with asbestosis listed as a cause of death.

Frequently Asked Questions

Asbestosis Brochures

What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about Reporting Asbestosis

  • Target: health care providers
  • Purpose: to promote the reporting of asbestosis

Información sobre la exposición al asbesto en el lugar de trabajo

  • Público objetivo: trabajadores
  • Propósito: promover el estar conciente sobre la exposición al asbesto

Facts about Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

  • Target: workers
  • Purpose: to promote awareness of asbestos exposure

Asbestosis Reports

Texas Asbestosis Rates 2004 - 2010

For additional Asbestos information visit the DSHS Toxic Substances Control Division Asbestos Programs Branch web page.

For more information: NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics - Asbestos.