Mesothelioma and Asbestos Code

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The ICD-9 code for mesothelioma is a practice code that is followed in many area of the United States. The general code for mesothelioma is ICD-9 163. Under this code all practice laws and regulations are classified that concern mesothelioma. In general, ICD code for mesothelioma is the same in every state, with some minor adjustments.

The ICD (also known as The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) is the authority by which all diseases are classified.

Asbestos code of practice

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the owner of any building constructed prior to 1979, who knows that the building contains asbestos-containing construction materials, shall provide notice to all employees of that owner working within the building concerning all of the following:

  • The existence of, conclusions from, and a description or list of the contents of, any survey known to the owner conducted to determine the existence and location of asbestos-containing construction materials within the building, and information describing when and where the results of the survey are available pursuant to Section 25917.
  • Specific locations within the building known to the owner, or identified in a survey known to the owner, where asbestos-containing construction materials are present in any quantity.
  • General procedures and handling restrictions necessary to prevent, and, if appropriate, to minimize disturbance, release, and exposure to the asbestos. If detailed handling instructions are necessary to ensure employee safety, the notice required by this section shall indicate where those instructions can be found.
  • A summary of the results of any bulk sample analysis, or air monitoring, or monitoring conducted pursuant to Section 5208 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, conducted for or by the owner or within the owner's control, including reference to sampling and laboratory procedures utilized, and information describing when and where the specific monitoring data and sampling procedures are available pursuant to Section 25917.
  • Potential health risks or impacts that may result from exposure to the asbestos in the building as identified in surveys or tests referred to in this section, or otherwise known to the owner.

The following is part of the Congressional Statement of findings and purposes:

  • exposure to asbestos fibers has been identified over a long period of time and by reputable medical and scientific evidence as significantly increasing the incidence of cancer and other severe or fatal diseases, such as asbestosis;
  • medical evidence has suggested that children may be particularly vulnerable to environmentally induced cancers;
  • medical science has not established any minimum level of exposure to asbestos fibers which is considered to be safe to individuals exposed to the fibers;
  • substantial amounts of asbestos, particularly in sprayed form, have been used in school buildings, especially during the period 1946 through 1972;
  • partial surveys in some States have indicated that (A) in a number of school buildings materials containing asbestos fibers have become damaged or friable, causing asbestos fibers to be dislodged into the air, and (B) asbestos concentrations far exceeding normal ambient air levels have been found in school buildings containing such damaged materials;
  • the presence in school buildings of friable or easily damaged asbestos creates an unwarranted hazard to the health of the school children and school employees who are exposed to such materials;
  • the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as several states, have attempted to publicize the potential hazards to school children and employees from exposure to asbestos fibers, but there is no systematic program for identifying hazardous conditions in schools or for remedying those conditions;
  • because there is no federal health standard regulating the concentration of asbestos fibers in noncommercial workplace environments such as schools, school employees and students may be exposed to hazardous concentrations of asbestos fibers in the school buildings which they use each day;
  • without an improved program of information distribution, technical and scientific assistance, and financial support, many local educational agencies and states will not be able to mitigate the potential asbestos hazards in their schools;
  • the effective regulation of interstate commerce for the protection of the public health requires the establishment of programs under this chapter to identify and mitigate hazards from exposure to asbestos fibers and materials emitting such fibers.

Asbestos and mesothelioma ICD9 code by state

The ICD-9 code 163 for mesothelioma is the same in each state. Here is a list of the states that also use other codes:

  • Kentucky (uses a wide variety of codes derived from the ICD-9
  • California (asbestos fibers and every related issue are described using a different code)
  • Ohio (codes are similar, with only minor differences)
  • Texas (codes for asbestos are very well formed because of the many programs undertaken by the state)

Asbestos code rule 56

Asbestos regulations are to be strictly followed when testing, building or renovating any kind of residential or industrial building. The requirements are clearly stated in the rule 56 established by the Health and Safety Department of the United States. The EPA will require testing for all ACM (asbestos containing material) and will also advise any contractors to do this as well.

Asbestos projects in the United States and Australia are similar because experts are working together to develop new enclosure methods for asbestos materials that allow these to be used without any dangers. Respirators specially designed for use in asbestos rich environments will become a requirement in the following years as a result of advanced testing with the present asbestos masks. These were proved to be ineffective in stopping asbestos fibers from reaching the persons internal organs.

Mesothelioma codes and regulations

The ICD9 code for mesothelioma is only defining the disease as a general issue. Further descriptions of mesothelioma are classified under unique codes and regulations, because each type of mesothelioma is different from the other.

Regulations during treatment and diagnosis have been established in order to provide the general public with a way of controlling any kind of procedures they have to go through. ICD-9 codes in some states could also contain references to these regulations.

Make sure that the doctor treating you has clearly agreed on a diagnosis and has decided on a clear mesothelioma treatment program. Talk to him and choose the best way of treating the diseases, but only after reviewing codes and regulations.

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