top of page

Topics Explored: Asbestos History, Human Health, Indoor Air Pollution

This case study explores the human health hazards of asbestos through the history of the largest U.S. asbestos manufacturer, the Johns-Manville Company, and the aftermath challenges of inspecting, sampling, and removing asbestos. As a bonus, we included information on the major indoor air pollutants.  Answer key included.

Case Study: Asbestos (Teacher & Student Edition)

  • ZIP file containing 2 PDF files 
    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
    HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

    AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
    7.5 Identify indoor air pollutants. Indoor air pollutants that are classified as particulates include asbestos, dust, and smoke. Indoor air pollutants can come from natural sources, human-made sources, and combustion. Common natural source indoor air pollutants include radon, mold, and dust. 

    AP® Environmental Science Practices:
    Practice 1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format. 
    Practice 2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes. 
    Practice 3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues.  
    Practice 4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles.  
    Practice 5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    Practice 6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    Practice 7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    AP® is a registered trademark registered by the College Board®. IB® is a trademark registered by the International Baccalaureate Organization®. This work/product/service has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the College Board® or the International Baccalaureate Organization®. 

bottom of page