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Occupations most exposed to asbestos

The occupations most exposed to asbestos tend to be railway workers, particularly those involved in the building or re-fitting of railway carriages; dockyard and shipworkers inluding. Also  those working on both military and commercial vessels, particularly those who have worked in the engine rooms, boiler rooms or on the pipes and cables that run around the ships; factory workers in all sorts of different industries such as steel workers who were exposed to asbestos linings of furnaces and the heavy use of asbestos in pipework in the factories, coach and caravan builders where asbestos was used to insulate the vehicles, factories where heat processes were used to mould and/or shape products, electrical component manufacturers where asbestos was used as an insulation material and many others; construction workers who were exposed to asbestos gutters, downpipes, soffits and insulation materials and miners who were exposed to asbestos in fire retardant materials, conveyor belts sometimes even in the mine buildings where asbestos was widely used as insulation.

Outside of the most common jobs it is believed that most people under the age of 50 in the UK may well have been exposed to asbestos at some time during their lives albeit on an industrial scale.  Asbestos had such profound insulating properties that it was used in virtually everything that was made from lino tiles to artex wall coverings to loft insulation, heat tiles in kitchens and in working environments such as schools, hospitals and government buildings where asbestos was widely used to insulate pipework.