Although the use of asbestos has decreased considerably, it is estimated that 1.3 million employees in the U.S. are still exposed to asbestos on the job
The majority of people who have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos several decades ago, when the mineral was extensively used by numerous industries all across the United States. Approximately 11 million people were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1978, most of whom in the workplace. The number of new mesothelioma cases is expected to gradually increase until 2030, as the effects of past asbestos exposure will continue to ensue.
The following occupational groups have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma, as they would be exposed to tremendous concentrations of airborne asbestos fibers on a regular basis and some of them would also handle raw asbestos:
- construction workers
- auto mechanics
- furnace workers
- shipyard workers
- power plant workers
- sheet metal workers
- boiler makers
- oil refinery workers
- asbestos miners
While the occupations above rarely entail a risk of asbestos exposure nowadays, firefighters and demolition workers are two groups of workers who might encounter it on the job, since most old buildings have asbestos in their structure. Fire often produces great damage to asbestos-containing materials and fibers can easily become airborne. Similarly, when a building is being demolished, enormous amounts of asbestos fibers are released in the air. Despite the protective equipment most workers are required to wear, the risk of exposure - although lower than several decades ago - remains.
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