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Where Military Asbestos Exposure Occurred

If you worked for the military before the late 1970s, you were exposed to high amounts of asbestos. The dangerous products were used in virtually every area of navy ships, including areas you wouldn’t expect it to be used such as on mess decks. Asbestos was also used in other areas military personnel worked in.

Gunmen, boilermen, and firemen working and living aboard ships were highly susceptible to inhaling asbestos. Those who had the highest exposure, though, are the people who built the ships, tradesmen such as:

  • Pipefitters
  • Mechanics
  • Shipfitters
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Welders
  • Boilermakers

Areas of The Military Where Asbestos Products Were Most Likely Found

  • Airships
  • Amphibious ships
  • Auxiliary ships
  • Battleships
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Cruisers
  • Destroyers
  • Destroyer escorts
  • Escort aircraft carriers
  • Frigates, minesweepers
  • Patrol boats
  • Submarines

Risk of Asbestos Exposure on Ships

High Engine & boiler rooms
Damage control & pump rooms
Medium Ward room
Powder & shot hoist
Powder & shot magazine
Turrets 1, 2 & 3
Low Junior officer quarters
Anchor windlass room
Pilot house
Captain's sea cabin
Mess deck
Admiral's cabin
Battery directors

Commonly Used Military Products That Contain Asbestos

  • Instruments
  • Meters
  • Panels
  • askets
  • Insulating Materials
  • Packing Material
  • Prefabricated-forms
  • Tubes
  • Cables
  • Capacitors
  • Paper-dielectric capacitors
  • Mixes
  • Block Insulation
  • Pipe covering
  • Adhesives
  • Insulation felts
  • Thermal materials
  • Deck covering materials
  • Refractory
  • Mortar
  • Aggregate mixtures
  • Rods
  • Valves
  • Boilers
  • Grinders
  • Bonds
  • Compounds
  • Bedding compounds
  • Coatings
  • Packing assemblies
  • Hydraulic assemblies
  • Cement
  • Brake linings
  • Roof shingles
  • Flooring products
  • Textiles