Glass manufacturers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Asbestos exposure occurred to a moderate extent in glass manufacturing workers, as they would often have to assemble metal sheets, insulation and paneling with glass components. They were also exposed to other carcinogenic substances, such as lead, arsenic and antimony oxides in the facilities which manufactured glass traditionally. For this reason, people who worked as glass manufacturers before 1980, when asbestos was properly regulated in occupational settings, are at high risk of developing a disease as a result of exposure. Glass manufacturers were also exposed to asbestos from the machinery and equipment they had to use for the making of the products, which were insulated with asbestos to prevent overheating.

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While glass manufacturers were not heavily exposed to asbestos, exposure occurred to a significant extent in this industry, as workers had to assemble metal sheets, insulation and paneling with glass, which disturbed the asbestos fibers present in these construction products. Furthermore, they were exposed while working with machinery and equipment which were insulated with asbestos to prevent the risk of fire, since asbestos is resistant to fire and thereby a great insulator. Additionally, glass manufacturing workers would have to wear aprons and gloves made with asbestos to prevent employees from burning themselves while handling hot glass products. The ovens which they would use to manufacture glass would also contain asbestos to lower the risk of fire. Sealing products and plastic products which were present in glass manufacturing facilities would also contain asbestos. Lastly, glass manufacturers were also exposed to silica dust, another carcinogen, as they had to use it for the production of glass.

Relevant job titles

  • optical engineer
  • optical technician
  • glass manufacturing worker
  • product development director
  • product manager
  • quality control engineer


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

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If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.