Asbestos is found in thousands of commercial materials used for construction and building, transportation, foundries, and industry. The widespread use of asbestos has put hundreds of thousands of workers at risk of being exposed to it. These workers are likely to eventually suffer from asbestos-related diseases, and their family members are at risk of suffering from these diseases, too, due to household contact. 

The following is a non-exhaustive list of trades that put workers at risk of exposure to asbestos:

  • Insulators
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Masons & Bricklayers
  • Ironworkers
  • Roofers
  • Carpenters & Joiners
  • Boilermakers
  • Tilesetters
  • Shipfitters
  • Electricians
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Lathers
  • Millwrights
  • Laborers
  • Machinists
  • Auto and equipment mechanics (especially those servicing breaks and clutches)
  • Plumbing maintenance workers
  • HVAC heating maintenance workers