OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), the United States Government entity created to assure safe and healthful working conditions, recommends that anyone who worked around asbestos should be tested at least annually for signs of asbestos-related illness.
Due to the proximity of work near asbestos the following occupations may have had increased exposure to asbestos:
- other "Blue Collar" workers
Asbestos Health Line offers FREE asbestos health tests to people who worked in refineries, shipyards, steel mills, paper mills, or chemical plants before 1982.
This simple and free health test can determine whether your lungs have been damaged by asbestos. There are no out-of-pocket costs, and if your lungs have been damaged by asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation.
Asbestos Health Line can be reached toll-free, 24-hours a day (855) 397-3997.
We test for the following illnesses:
- Pleural Plaques
- Lung Cancer
- General Cardiopulmonary Health
If you believe you qualify for a free health test due to your exposure to asbestos from a jobsite, you may fill out this quick and convenient form. We will contact you for scheduling and additional information.
Asbestos the name given to a group of six naturally-occuring silicate minerals. These minerals form into thin, fibrous crystals and are desired for their resistance to heat, fire, and chemicals as well as their sound-absoption and electrical insulation properties. The fibrous nature of asbestos allows it to be used in textiles, construction, and other industrial applications. Asbestos mining can be traced back over 4,000 years but large-scale mining started closer to the end of the 19th century. Asbestos is inexpensive to mine and fabricate due to its average tensile strength and relative abundance. This, in turn, increased the use of Asbestos throughout the early 1900s and into the latter part of the century. Asbestos is very common and is still being actively used in some parts of the world, despite its known carcinogenic effects.
The link between asbestos and cancer has been known for quite some time.
Because of its heavy use throughout industry and construction, exposure to asbestos is not uncommon. Asbestos poses a particular risk because its fibers are easily dispersed into the air, even with the slightest agitation.
Individual asbestos fibers are microscopic and are invisible to the naked eye, however it only takes a single asbestos fiber to cause health complications. Due to its crystalline structure, asbestos fibers are jagged and have thin, sharp edges which easily perforate tissue. Asbestos fibers are typically 3-20 micrometers wide and can be as thin as 1/100th of a micrometer. Compare this size to white-blood cells, the main component and first-responders of the human body's immune system. At an average size of 12 to 15 micrometers, white blood cells will often times become punctured when trying to deal with the threat asbestos poses. And because of its inert nature, asbestos lasts a long time and can remain in the body potentially forever.
Compound this with the fact that safety equipment was initially not a requirement for those who regularly handled asbestos and it's not hard to see how heavy exposure for those in industries that used asbestos for insulation, fire-proofing, manufacturing, textiles, chemical or electrical treatment is not uncommon.
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen. This means that exposure to this mineral can cause cancer and increased and prolonged exposure can increase those chances for cancer greatly. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they become trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation which adversely affects breathing and the body's ability to intake and distribute oxygen effectively.
Asbestos illnesses include but are not limited to asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, pleural effusions, and several types of cancer: lung cancers — specifically mesothelioma, gastrointestinal, colorectal, and throat/esophogeal cancers.
Symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses can include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chronic Cough
- Unexplained Pains
If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms and have worked with or around asbestos, you may qualify for a free asbestos health test provided by the Asbestos Health Line.
- Atlantic Richfield / Arco
- Bethlehem Steel
- B.F. Goodrich
- Cameron Iron Works
- DuPont Chemical
- East Texas Pulp & Paper
- Eastex Paper Mill
- Evadale Paper Mill
- Goodyear Chemical
- Gulf Oil
- Gulf Chemical
- Gulf States Utilities
- Jefferson Chemical
- Magnolia Oil
- Mobil Chemical
- Neches Butane
- Olin Mathieson
- Pure Oil
- Shell Chemical
- Texaco Chemical
- Union 76