In an effort to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our U.S. veterans, along with our active service members, we would like to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure with our infographic titled: “U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk". It outlines the many jobs and products that have led to asbestos exposure while on various Navy ships and shipyards across the United States.
Until federal regulations were passed in the 1970s, asbestos was commonly used by the United States Navy. Thankfully, the regulations that were put in place limited the use of asbestos on ships. Regardless, most every Navy vessel built between the 1930s and 1970s contained asbestos.
Some of the most common sources were in the insulation, ceiling tiles and fire-resistant sheets. Asbestos use was not limited to those products, however. It was also used in other construction products.
It was even used in the manufacturing of some tools. Due to the fact that asbestos was so widely used, our U.S. Navy veterans have the highest incidence of asbestos-related diseases. One out of every three people diagnosed with the disease have had it linked back to some type of military or shipyard exposure.
While the Navy has decreased its use of asbestos in recent years, asbestos-related diseases are still plaguing our veterans. The symptoms of mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to manifest themselves and many Navy veterans who worked on ships or in shipyards during the 1960s and 1970s are only now being diagnosed.