Machinists and Exposure to Asbestos
Machinists make metal parts and equipment, and for a long time, a lot of replacement parts and equipment had asbestos-containing gaskets, asbestos insulation and other asbestos materials. If a machinist replaced a valve and gasket, they could have been exposed to asbestos dust when they removed the old gasket or when they cut a new one out of asbestos-containing materials.
Exposure to Asbestos
Machinists utilize a wide variety of tools when fabricating metal parts or equipment and their jobs require a lot of metal cutting. Unfortunately, asbestos was widely used for many years as an insulation material in a lot of parts and equipment that machinists handle. If the machinist works around machinery that has asbestos-containing materials or asbestos insulation, they could end up inhaling asbestos dust. If the machinist is inhaling asbestos dust, they are at risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, so machinists who were exposed to asbestos in the 1970s may only now be experiencing symptoms.