Automobile mechanics are just one example of workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases due to exposure on the job.
Working on cars built before the late 1970’s can put mechanics at serious risk for exposure to asbestos housed in their brake linings and clutches. When working on these older vehicle parts, mechanics often use compressed air to remove brake residue. This residue can contain asbestos, which can be breathed in when released into the air around them.
Breathing in asbestos fibers over a prolonged period of time puts auto mechanics a high risk for developing related diseases, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis. After asbestos fibers are breathed in, they can become trapped within the lungs and other organs of the body. Over time, fatal tumors can develop and restrict a person’s ability to breathe.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict rules and regulations for mechanics working on vehicles at work and at their home. If you are an auto mechanic, make sure your employer is keeping you safe at work.