Oil refineries process and refine crude oil into more useful products such as petroleum, nylon, gasoline, kerosene, plastics, tar, asphalt and more. Specific industries associated with employing oil refinery workers and petroleum engineers include:
- Petroleum and coal manufacturing
- Oil and gas extraction
- Pipeline transportation of natural gas or crude oil
- Support activities for mining
Because the equipment these professionals commonly work on can contain asbestos, oil refinery workers are at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.