- Asbestos Introduction
- Exposure at Work
- Asbestos in the Home
- Health Effects of Asbestos
- Frequently Asked Questions
Asbestos Exposure at Work
Asbestos was used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications and employees coming into contact with the material often had little or no protection at all. Despite efforts to reduce employee exposure risks, a recent UK study showed many workers ignore or are unaware of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Jobs at Risk of Asbestos Exposure
- Automotive Mechanics - Asbestos was commonly used on brake pads and clutch assemblies
- Chemical Plants - Asbestos is commonly used as a filter in chemical plants.
- Coast Guard - Asbestos may have been present on ships
- Demolition - Wrecking crews, cleanup crews and haulers may have come into contact with the material while working on structures that did not undergo asbestos removal before dismantling.
- Steel and Iron Workers
- Electricians - Asbestos was commonly used to insulate wiring
- Factories - Workers in factories that produced, refined or packaged asbestos containing materials
- Merchant Marine - Asbestos may have been present in bunks and deck areas for fireproofing
- Navy - Many naval jobs in the Nacy.
- Power Plants - Workers may have encountered asbestos as fireproofing and insulation especially as plants began to age
- Shipyards - Dockworkers and workers who installed or removed asbestos from ships