Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?

Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?

Everyone has some level of asbestos exposure. There are low levels of asbestos in the air, water and soil. However, these levels are low enough that they do not make people ill.

People who have worked directly with asbestos have the highest risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Occupations that have a high risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Shipbuilding and naval service.
  • Railway construction.
  • Asbestos mining and milling.
  • Construction and building trades.
  • Manufacture of chemicals, flooring, plastics or rubber.
  • Auto industry (specifically brake repair).
  • Firefighting.
  • Fabric milling.
  • Building demolition.

Those who were involved in rescue, recovery and cleanup at the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City are at higher risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.

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