Asbestos materials are now infrequently used in new ship construction. However, significant amounts were used in vessels constructed before 1975. As a consequence, for the next 30 or more years, the potential for asbestos exposure in the repair of such vessels will remain.
We studied 286 workers who were 20 or more years from onset of employment in ship repair work. Eighty-six percent had radiological evidence of asbestosis, and five instances of previously undiagnosed lung cancer were found. This suggests that unless industrial hygiene precautions are taken in the future repair of vessels that have been built with asbestos, we will add additional decades to the legacy we already face as the result of uncontrolled shipyard exposures of the past.
Ship repair; asbestos; asbestosis; pleural fibrosis
Published in: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 9–22, 1980
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2007
- Dr. Irving J. Selikoff MD,
- William J. Nicholson Phd,
- Ruth Lilis MD
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