Asbestos Exposure

Protect Marine Workers from Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is known to cause a host of medical conditions. Shipyard asbestos is no different. There are things companies can do to protect marine workers from exposure.

Common Symptoms

As referenced on, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath and nail shape and color changes are common symptoms of asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure. The inhaled fibers can eventually cause mesothelioma. It is important for employers to monitor employees for any related symptoms of asbestosis to provide necessary treatments before it progresses.

Proper Equipment

When workers are around asbestos, they should have the proper personal protective equipment to protect them from breathing in the fibers. This is especially important during decommissioning or refitting operations when asbestos is handled.

Monitor Air

Monitoring the air on the ship or in the shipyard can help the business detect asbestos as soon as possible. These monitoring systems should be followed by finding missions. Once the asbestos is found, it should be contained and then properly removed. OSHA has standards for the proper handling and removal of the material.

Shipyard asbestos can cause a host of problems for marine workers. Including these steps into the company’s risk management plan can help keep employees safe. Handling asbestos the right way can help reduce overall company risk while protecting employee health.