Plumbers’ asbestos exposure may have occurred through a variety of common activities including, but not limited to:
One of the most common asbestos products plumbers came into contact with was asbestos-cement pipe, a composite material made of Portland cement reinforced with asbestos fiber. It was especially popular in the construction industry because of its strength and durability.
A variety of other asbestos products were used throughout plumbing and piping systems in residential, commercial and industrial sites including:
Plumbers regularly worked around other trades such as carpenters, insulators and drywallers, who also used asbestos materials. Asbestos building materials used by these trades included joint compound, siding, floor tiles, and ceiling tiles.