Foundry Workers and Asbestos Exposure
In years past, asbestos was often used in the metal industry, and since foundry workers work with factory machinery, they may have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was often used in equipment, including:
These pieces of equipment were often insulated with asbestos. Also, since the metal workers were working with hot materials, they would wear protective gear, including asbestos-lined gloves, asbestos-lined curtains and asbestos-lined aprons. If products that contained asbestos were replaced or repaired, foundry workers may have been exposed to any asbestos dust or fibers that were released into the air.
There is a risk for foundry workers for developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma takes many years before its symptoms appear, so if a foundry worker was exposed to asbestos in the 1950s or 1960s, they may only now be experiencing symptoms.