Asbestos Exposure

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Occupational and Household Exposure to Asbestos

Through most of the twentieth century, workers were exposed to asbestos in almost every industry and trade imaginable. Asbestos was used on a very significant number of different jobsites, from factories and shipyards to schools and hospitals. As a result, millions of people were exposed to asbestos on the job, from industrial workers to auto mechanics to janitors, dentists, even jewelers. Likewise, family members of these workers were exposed to the asbestos dust brought home on the clothes of these workers.

Because asbestos was used in so many products and for so many commercial and industrial uses, millions of workers were exposed to this hazardous material. Navy seamen, shipyards workers, industrial tradesmen, insulators, and construction workers often had heavy exposure to asbestos. People working in certain occupations or occupational fields have a higher risk of asbestos exposure

Asbestos at Jobsites

Asbestos and asbestos-containing products were used in many industries at various jobsites across the country. Asbestos could be present at the jobsite as a manufacturing ingredient, in machinery and equipment that needed to be repaired and maintained or in the buildings and infrastructure itself.

Jobsites where workers handled or worked with raw asbestos fibers, such as asbestos mines, mills and factories had high occupational exposures. However, many other places such as U.S. Navy bases and ships, shipyards, power plants, refineries, foundries and construction sites also had very high levels of asbestos exposure.

Learn More about Asbestos Exposure

The articles in this section of our Mesothelioma Knowledge Center are designed to help you learn more about Asbestos Exposure, from the types of products that contained asbestos to the jobsites where asbestos was used to the occupations that were exposed to asbestos products: