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Asbestos is a commercial name for six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three types of asbestos have been used commercially:

Asbestos Chrysotile

White, or Chrysotile

Asbestos Crocidolite

Blue, or Crocidolite

Asbestos Amosite

Brown, or Amosite

There are Many Types of Asbestos and All Cause Mesothelioma

Overview of Asbestos

More than 90 percent of the asbestos used in the United States was the white asbestos. Asbestos has been used in the manufacture of heating and domestic water systems, including in pipes, boilers, and tanks. It also has been used in spray-on insulation for fireproofing and acoustical purposes, vinyl and linoleum flooring, and drop-in ceiling tiles.  Asbestos-containing materials are found in exterior building materials, such as shingles and roofing products. It can also be found in equipment (like pumps and valves), brake shoes, art supplies, doors, lab equipment and gaskets.

Tragically, asbestos is a human carcinogen known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

All types of asbestos cause mesothelioma and no amount of asbestos exposure is safe, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency warns. Once exposed to asbestos, a person has a life-long risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

While most often individuals affected with the cancer were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, exposure to asbestos in the home is also possible. Sometimes workers brought asbestos fibers into their homes on their clothing, shoes or hair. As a result, their children and spouses were exposed to the deadly fibers.

This type of second-hand exposure to asbestos is known as “take home” exposure. Today, regulations are in place for worksites where asbestos is handled to prevent this kind of second-hand exposure.

Occupational Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos Hazard Sign

The latency or incubation period from the time of exposure to the development of symptoms can be decades. Many workers are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and thereafter.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, heavy exposures of asbestos tend to occur in many industries including construction, plumbing, flooring, and electrical industries. Ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs or demolition, is also a common source of exposure. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products, such as textiles, friction products, insulation and other building materials, and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

During the installation, repair, maintenance, renovation and removal of asbestos materials, asbestos-containing products were cut, scraped, sanded and otherwise altered. Some materials, such as cements, were mixed at job sites using raw asbestos fibers. These processes created dust, which workers breathed in or ingested. Dust from these products also traveled throughout buildings and factories and ships, and remained airborne for weeks. When swept, these materials were re-suspended in the air, where workers again inhaled or ingested them.

One cloud of dust from asbestos products can contain millions or billions of fibers, and even a small amount of asbestos can cause lung damage. Many workers know how they were exposed to asbestos. Other individuals won’t recall how they were exposed to asbestos, or they may think they were never exposed to asbestos at all. But a careful examination and review of a patient’s work and life history often reveals exposure to asbestos products that may not have been apparent at first.

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Joe Belluck has been advocating for mesothelioma patients and their families for over 15 years. Since founding Belluck & Fox in 2002, he has dedicated his practice to representing victims of asbestos exposure and has written a book to answer common questions and concerns about these tragic illnesses. The book is available for FREE from our website.

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Joseph Belluck discusses why some occupations are are risk of being exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases generally occur in individuals who worked with asbestos. Factory workers, shipyard workers, people who worked in chemical and paper factories, tradesmen, carpenters, electricians, floor tile installers.

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