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Which Industries and Occupations Made Use of Asbestos?

At least 27 million workers were exposed to asbestos between the years 1940 and 1979, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

answered by Michael Bartlett

Asbestos use was highly prevalent in over 75 industries during the last century

Most industries used asbestos in the past and have placed people at risk of asbestos exposure on the job. Occupational exposure to asbestos has been the primary cause of mesothelioma and other serious pulmonary diseases. At least 27 million workers were exposed to asbestos between the years 1940 and 1979, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Over 75 occupational groups were exposed to asbestos according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Most people who were working in certain industries and occupations may have been exposed to harmful asbestos fibers at one point or the other, and include the following:

  • Automobile mechanics: The brake linings and clutches were made of asbestos.
  • Construction workers: Asbestos was present in fireproofing and building materials including roof shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and pipes.
  • Electricians: These workers usually worked around wiring, high-voltage switchgear and motors, which commonly used asbestos for insulation purposes.
  • Plumbers and pipefitters: These workers came in contact with the asbestos gaskets and insulation used for the pipes they repair.
  • Boilermakers: These workers were exposed to materials such as gaskets, insulation, and refractory mortars used to insulate boilers, furnaces, and associated piping.
  • Shipbuilders and longshoremen: These people were exposed to asbestos extensively during unloading of asbestos-containing cargo materials and while construction and repair of vessels.

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