Asbestos in Generators

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As research indicates, the extent of asbestos in industrial and home use has been extensive since the early 1900s. As a result, asbestos-related illness has been a major cause of concern, lawsuits and unfortunate deaths throughout the world.

Where Asbestos Generators are Found:

One might ask, where generators containing asbestos might be found? “Power plants — many pieces of equipment in power plants contain asbestos, including boilers, turbines and generators lined with asbestos for protection from heat and fire.

Those who interact directly with the vessels’ onboard machinery, piping, engines, boilers and furnaces are especially susceptible to developing deadly asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. More specifically, the engineers who install, repair and run the engines, generators, boilers, pipes and pumps, and the oilers and QMED’s who lubricate the machinery are at greater risk than the pilots, sailors, officers and mates who generally have more of a navigational role about the ship.

Also, emergency generators are common culprits of asbestos thermal insulation and exhaust manifolds. Those who have been exposed to these generators or who have helped built them, replace them, change parts in them, etc. are at high risk of asbestos contamination. Other types of generators that may include asbestos are steam generators from the 1930s. Many of these were supplied to the U.S. Navy.

Typically, workers in the following fields may have been exposed to asbestos in generators and other equipment: aerospace, construction, foundry, insulation, longshore, maritime, petrochemical, utility, railroad, steel/iron and any of the textile industries.

Asbestos can be found in older homes and buildings and it’s not too hard to pinpoint those at greatest risk. Buildings constructed before 1970 are more likely to contain asbestos. Airborne asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal linings. Schools, hospitals, museums, universities and other institutions built before 1970 are likely to contain asbestos materials and generators.

How is asbestos controlled when removed?

There are federal laws in place that help control and regulate how contractors go about removing asbestos from commercial and home properties. All generators and other equipment or household items containing asbestos are removed following very strict code. During demolition and renovation of institutional, commercial or industrial structures, the contractors are careful to follow guidelines provided to them on asbestos abatement. Those who have worked in or around asbestos removal programs know the importance of wearing the proper protective gear and masks.