Remember the Asbestos Exposure Navy Vets Suffered
To pay tribute on Veterans Day to the countless sacrifices made by the nation’s veterans and active service members, it is worth reminding the public of the dangers of asbestos exposure with a new infographic, “U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk” that details the ways asbestos exposure occurred on Navy ships and shipyards across the country.
Asbestos was regularly used by the U.S. Navy for much of the 20th century until federal regulations in the 1970s limited its placement on ships. Nonetheless, nearly every Navy vessel built between the 1930s and 1970s contained insulation, ceiling tiles, fire-resistant sheets, and/or other tools and construction products that were made with asbestos.
Due largely to the presence of these products containing asbestos, U.S. Navy veterans have the highest incidence of asbestos-related diseases. In fact, one out of every three individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma have had their illness linked to some type of military or shipyard asbestos exposure.
While asbestos use in the Navy has decreased in recent decades, veterans are still being afflicted with asbestos-related diseases. Because mesothelioma symptoms can take up to 50 years to appear, many Navy veterans who worked as machinist mates, enginemen, boiler or gas turbine technicians, Seabees, or other Naval employees in the 1960s and 1970s are only now being diagnosed with the deadly asbestos-related disease.
Check out the infographic below!