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Occupations with High Exposure to Asbestos

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Occupations with High Exposure to Asbestos

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Asbestos exposure usually happens in industrial settings. Many occupations run a risk for asbestos exposure.Workers who processed raw asbestos, manufactured asbestos products or worked with asbestos-containing materials were regularly exposed to the deadly fiber, generally without any knowledge of its cancerous health effects.

Here is a list of occupations that had high asbestos exposure

  • Auto mechanics, where asbestos is used in brake linings and clutches
  • Construction workers, where asbestos was incorporated into fireproofing and many building materials, including roof shingles, pipes, siding, ceiling and floor tiles, and joint compound
  • Drywall installers, where the main exposure to asbestos was in the taping compounds that were used to cover and smooth the taping that covered the seams between sheets
  • Electricians, where asbestos was commonly used as insulator in wiring and in high-voltage switchgear and motors; and electricians typically worked around joint compound and fireproofing
  • Firefighters, who are exposed to an array of construction materials and compounds while fighting fires in older buildings, as well as wearing asbestos suits to prevent injury
  • Longshoremen and shipbuilders, where workers were exposed to massive levels of asbestos while unloading asbestos fiber and other asbestos containing cargo or while constructing and repairing vessels
  • Plumbers and pipefitters, including steamfitters, who worked with asbestos gaskets and packing and the insulation used on the pipes they were repairing
  • Railroad workers, where asbestos was used in insulation, brake linings and in other areas
  • Sheet metal workers, where asbestos was common in construction materials as well as protective gear
  • Brickmasons and boilermakers, who were exposed to gaskets, rope, insulation and refractory mortars and cement used to insulate boilers and furnaces and associated piping
  • Teachers who may be exposed to asbestos dust in the classroom from worn, damaged or disturbed building materials

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