Working with Asbestos – the Threat to Workers
With an estimated 5,000 products that contain asbestos, asbestos is present in buildings, cars, factories, ships and houses. It is commonly accepted that asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma and lung cancer.
While some, but not all, uses for asbestos were banned in the mid-1970’s, the risk from exposure continues today due to mesothelioma’s long latency (inactive) period of anywhere between 15 to 60 years. Today, asbestos continues to be a threat to workers exposed through their occupations, and in buildings and homes.
Workers in the following occupations have a risk for asbestos exposure:
- Navy Yard Workers
- Navy Boatswain’s mate
- Navy Boilerman, Navy boiler tender, Navy boilermaker, and Navy water tender
- Navy Damage controlman
- Navy Electrician’s mate
- Navy Engineman
- Navy Fireman
- Navy Gunner’s mate
- Navy Hull maintenance technician
- Navy Instrumentman
- Navy Machinist’s mate
- Navy Painter
- Navy Pipefitter
- Navy Shipfitter
- Navy Sonarman and sonar technician
- Navy Soundman
- Navy Utilitiesman
Asbestos fibers are so toxic, that industrial and trade worker’s families may be exposed to mesothelioma through particles that cling to the worker’s clothing, shoes, skin and hair. This type of “second-hand” exposure to asbestos is known as para-occupational exposure.
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Learn more about asbestos exposure by learning which products contained this mineral.
Here is a partial list of asbestos containing products.