NH Natural Hazards
The 2023 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Ambra Hyskaj for the poster/PICO entitled:
Naturally Occurring Asbestos in the asbestos-free European Union approach. Is asbestos exposure prevention being understood correctly? (Hyskaj, A.; Schimek, É., Weiszburg, T. G.; Harman-Tóth, E.)
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Ambra Hyskaj is a PhD candidate at Eötvös Loránd University working at the Department of Mineralogy under the supervision of Erzsébet Harman-Tóth and Tamás G. Weiszburg. Her research focuses on naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) in Albania together with European Union regulatory issues related to asbestos. She has used research based on multiple analytical techniques to assess the presence of asbestos in NOA outcrops in Albania towards a risk assessment.
The research presented at EGU23 provides a preliminary analysis of the current regulatory actions in the European Union regarding asbestos, with a focus on recognizing and managing NOA appropriately. In the research study presentation, the critical importance of preventing unnecessary exposure to hazardous asbestiform minerals is emphasized. Recommendations include strengthening the management tools for asbestos-containing materials and developing comprehensive guidelines for NOA occurrences, covering aspects such as land use, urban planning, risk management, and mining activities.