Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
For decades, the asbestos industry exposed workers to
their products while never warning them of the dangers of the dust they
breathed on a daily basis. Many of these workers were employed in industry
or in construction trades, where they often described the “snowy
conditions” of their workplace as products were cut, mixed or sprayed.
They were never given dust masks, nor were dust counts ever taken. In
many cases, ventilation was inadequate.
Sites where asbestos exposure was typically the heaviest
- Power plants
- Paper mills
- Manufacturing plants
- Construction sites.
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Trades mostly commonly working with or around asbestos
- Shipyard workers; Navy personnel who served aboard ship
- Insulators (also known as asbestos workers)
- Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
- Refinery and other industrial workers
- Maintenance workers and laborers
Asbestos in brakes - learn about mesothelioma risk
to auto repair technicians.
Asbestos in buildings - learn about mesothelioma
risk to construction workers.
Workplace Asbestos Regulatory History
Checklist from OSHA
Anniston Star's series on health effects of asbestos
in a region in Alabama
News Stories about Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Asbestos in Minnesota Iron Mines Claims Significant
Number of Lives
Tougher Asbestos Regulations Sit on Waiting
Star Tribune article: at least 52 men have
died from asbestos exposure in Minnesota mines
Brake imports using fibers surge, imperiling mechanics
W.R. Grace to asbestos victims: You're not so
Asbestos fight recalled
Nothing frivolous - Editorial by the Anniston
Bankruptcy exit plan for Babcock and Wilcox
Once Surrounded by Asbestos, Now Surrounded by
Early clue to asbestos disease gives hope
Centers for Disease Control Says Asbestos Deaths
A study of Asbestos in Brakes: Exposure and
Risk of Disease (in Abode PDF format).
Stolen breaths: Exhibit shows the horrifying
reality of asbestos-related disease.
Commercial asbestos caused miners' cancer.
Panel urges U.S. to ban asbestos imports.
Asbestos Still Major Occupational Hazard, American
Society of Safety Engineers Says.