US Naval Hospital Boston – Chelsea, MA
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The US Naval Hospital Boston was completed and operational in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1836. The hospital was one of the first three hospitals in the country that Congress approved to treat exclusively Naval personnel. The original 100-bed facility was built less than three miles from the Boston Navy Yard, where United States Navy shipbuilders and corpsmen lived and served since being commissioned in 1800. Additions to the hospital were built in 1865 and 1903, and in 1915 the now-expanded building was converted into quarters for hospital staff and personnel, while a new hospital was built close by. The hospital served US Navy personnel through four major wars – the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
Asbestos in hospitals is commonly found in construction materials and facility support items that include boilers, plumbing and steam pipes, valves and pumps, ceiling and floor tiles, concrete, spackling and joint compound, electrical wiring and components, and more. Hospitals use boilers that produce steam for the building’s heat systems as well as heating water for washing laundry, operating the kitchen, and sterilizing lab equipment and surgical tools. Such boilers are centrally located and transmit steam throughout the hospital through a series of pipes, pumps, and valves. These parts and components were covered with asbestos insulation to minimize energy loss and protect workers from high heat. Valves, flanges, and pipe connections contained asbestos gaskets, while pumps were sealed with asbestos packing material.
Removing and replacing insulation on steam system components to perform repairs and building maintenance disturbed asbestos and released fibers into the air, that workers unknowingly inhaled and ingested, and/or got stuck to their clothing or skin. Maintenance workers, engineers and custodial staff may have been exposed to asbestos from thermal system insulation. Medical personnel and even patients were also at risk of bystander asbestos exposure. Even when facilities make efforts to perform asbestos abatement to remove this material, there is potential for dangerous levels of exposure if not performed properly.
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