If you have worked as a drywaller, you should be aware that your risk for a mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease diagnosis is high. This is because products used in applying drywall contained asbestos until 1978.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that there is no safe level of exposure to any type of asbestos fiber. Those working on older buildings and structures should be sure to follow the necessary training to keep them safe from exposure of any degree.
A recent study on drywall sanding found that those that do it can be exposed to excessive levels of asbestos fibers.
While current drywallers are advised to keep themselves safe from exposure on the job, those that worked in the occupation before the substance was declared a hazard to human health are at serious risk for the incurable diseases associated with the substance. Asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, can take years to develop within a worker, so they might be long-retired before symptoms arise.
If you have worked as a drywaller or have attempted DIY renovations to an older home, you should alert your doctor to the possibility of asbestos exposure. Many drywallers end up in court, fighting for justice against those responsible for often-fatal illnesses.