People who worked at the Flintkote Co. plant in Fremont, California, between 1967 and 1979 should inform health officials if they develop any asbestos -related diseases. Low levels of asbestos exposure were experienced by those working at the plant, and such exposure has been linked to fatal ailments such as asbestosis and mesothelioma . These illnesses often do not appear until ten to twenty years after exposure, so now would be the time when former workers would be developing symptoms of these ailments. Family members of Flintkote workers from 1967 to 1979 are also cautioned to remain vigilant for asbestos-caused diseases. Fibers and dust could have been carried on the workers’ clothes after they returned home from work.
Exposure to these fibers puts family members at risk for developing lung diseases caused by asbestos. Workers and their family members are encouraged to call Maria Teran-MacIver, the Federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry’s communication specialist, at 770-488-0720. The agency is gathering reports from those who have developed diseases as a result of working at the Flintkote Co. plant or living with someone who did. Flintkote filed for bankruptcy due to numerous asbestos lawsuits. The plant is now a reloading and distribution center for United Gypsum. Former plant employees are encouraged to watch out for their lung health by quitting smoking, getting flu and pneumonia shots, seeing their doctors regularly, and educating themselves about the early symptoms of asbestos-related diseases.