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Asbestos in Chemical Plants

Chemical plants are industrial centers that process and manufacture large amounts of chemicals. In many cases, everything from pharmaceutical companies to waste water treatment facilities utilize the same chemical plant equipment and materials to create their own products as well. While many of these industrial facilities do offer beneficial services to the community, it is important to keep in mind that they handle extremely dangerous chemicals and may contain harmful substances such as asbestos.

Uses of Asbestos

To help protect workers and the public from hazardous chemicals reactions as well as fires, chemical plants rely on strong insulation materials such as asbestos. Asbestos resists heat, flame, electricity, and many chemicals. Additionally, it is strong and flexible so it is easily added to things such as:

  • Wall, pipe, and electrical wire insulation
  • Cement
  • Fire protection gear
  • Fire-resistant coatings for walls, counter tops, and walls
  • Gaskets

The Dangers of Asbestos

Sadly, though, asbestos is a known human carcinogen that can cause painful, deadly diseases. If a chemical plant suffers a catastrophe, you can be exposed to these toxic chemicals as well as microscopic asbestos fibers. These fibers can lodge in your lungs and digestive system, causing devastating health problems including:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer

If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos by working in or living near a chemical plant before 1987, you should consult your primary care physician immediately. He or she can help you detect any health problems you may have from exposure to asbestos in chemical plants. If asbestos has caused you to develop mesothelioma, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-781-3955 today.

Chemical Plants in the U.S.

Although asbestos is meant to protect workers from chemical exposure, it is essentially trading one hazard for another. When a chemical spill occurs, it can release toxic materials including asbestos. Chemical plant sites in the United States include:

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