Potentially hazardous fibrous geomaterials: from risk knowledge to solutions for reducing their social impact
Convener: Rosalda Punturo | Co-conveners: Andrea Bloise, Dolores Pereira, Giovanna Rizzo

The session focuses on the state of the art knowledge of geomaterials that can be potentially hazardous to human health, aiming to find solutions for regenerating the available natural resources.
Particular attention will be paid on those processes that involve natural occurrences of asbestos and asbestiform minerals as a source of possible environmental risk. Due to natural causes or anthropic factors, such phases may be disseminated in the living environment, resulting in contamination of water, air and soil, as well as release into the environment of Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) such as Cr, Ni and V contained in such minerals. Moreover, the risks related to restoration work, where cleaning of natural stone containing fibrous minerals are involved. We also welcome contributions presenting innovative approaches for recycling and reusing potentially hazardous secondary raw materials, in order to give them new life from neglected waste to new regenerated resources.
Also, awareness of social impact derived from the use of potentially hazardous geomaterials
fibrous materials will be an important issue to consider in our contributions.