Risk of Asbestos exposure in the maritime

Mesothelioma Cancer can take 20 to 50 years to develop and unfortunately those who have worked in shipyards and aboard ships can be at risk to develop this disease


Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in the maritime industry and other industries for insulation, fireproofing, and other purposes. This has led to a high incidence rate of mesothelioma in those who have worked in the maritime industry.

The risk of developing mesothelioma increases with prolonged exposure to asbestos. The Maritime Board has taken steps to reduce the risks associated with asbestos exposure by improving safety standards and regulations within the maritime industry. However, there are still risks associated with working on board ships due to accidents or injuries that can occur while at sea or onshore.

It is important for those who work in the maritime industry to be aware of the potential risks associated with asbestos exposure and take steps to minimize their risk. Understanding mesothelioma causes can help individuals take preventive measures against this deadly disease and protect their health. Additionally, there are other risk factors for mesothelioma that include age, gender, family history and genetics.

Mesothelioma can have devastating effects on individuals and their families. Those who work in hazardous environments are at a higher risk for developing this deadly cancer due to their occupational exposure to asbestos fibers. The maritime industry has experienced some of the highest rates of mesothelioma incidence due to its lack of safety regulations regarding asbestos use on ships and boats. Additionally, related diseases such as asbestosis can also increase an individual’s risk of developing mesothelioma.

Tips to avoid exposure to asbestos

  • Don’t Mess with Loose Insulation
  • Hire a Brake Mechanic
  • Be Wary of Pipe Wrapping
  • Know About Asbestos Deposits

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Read also: Guide to understand mesothelioma. 

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