Asbestos Exposure in Louisiana

Types of Exposure

Asbestos was widely used in many job sites throughout Louisiana and the United States until the late 1980s. Household and consumer products containing asbestos have also been found, posing a great danger to families and children. From common job sites such as refineries, construction sites, mills, power plants, and shipyards, to every-day items like pot holders and aprons, car and truck brake pads, asbestos exposure continues to threaten the safety of Louisiana residents.

Job Sites commonly known for asbestos exposure:

Shipyards and Harbors
Military Bases and Installations
Power Plants and Public Utilities
Airports, Factories, Plants, Mills, Farms and Plantations
Commercial and Residential Construction Sites
Oil and Gas Refineries
Automobile Repair and Service Garages
Aircraft and Aerospace Manufacturers

Job Occupations commonly known for asbestos exposure:

Maintenance men
Ceiling tile installers
Sailors and shipyard workers

Painting and coatings
Thermal insulation
Brake pads
Pot holders
Water heaters
Kitchen appliances

Workers exposed directly to asbestos can pass along the dust collected on their clothing directly to their family members.

Who is at risk?

Workers at or near sites with known amounts of asbestos are most at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. Being directly exposed to asbestos fibers on the job is not the only cause for sickness, however. In many cases, workers exposed to asbestos particles often bring dust into the home on their body, work clothes, and shoes. This secondhand exposure can be just as dangerous for children and families as it is for the workers being exposed to asbestos directly on the job.

Louisiana Job Sites and Industries with Asbestos

During the past century, hundreds of U.S. job sites have manufactured and used products containing asbestos—putting Louisiana workers and their families at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.

These companies have known cases of asbestos exposure in the workplace:

A-1 Industries,  Harvey
American Marine Shipyard,  New Orleans
Amoco Chemical Standard,  Joliet
Avondale Shipyard,  Avondale
Avondale Shipyard,  New Orleans
BIC Institutional Foods,  Bossier City
Bordan Chemical,  Geismbr
Calmes Shipyard,  New Orleans
Canulette Shipyard,  Slidell
Carbon Black Plant,  Franklin
Chevron Oil Refinery ,  Bellechase
Citgo Refinery,  Lake Charles
Cities Service Oil Refinery,  Lake Charles
Co-Parliament Rubber Pant,  Baton Rouge
Columbia Carbon,  Schwartz
Concordia Trade School ,  Faraday
Conoco Refinery,  Lake Charles
Continental Oil Refinery,  Lake Charles
Dow Chemical,  Baton Rouge
Dow Chemical,  New Orleans
Dow Chemical,  Placida
Enrcio Ferme Power Plant,  Monroe
Exxon Chemical,  Baton Rouge
Georgia Pacific Plant,  Plaquemine
Godchioux Sugar,  Reserve
Good Hope Oil Refinery,  La Place
Gulf Atlanta Refinery,  Gretna
Gulf Chemical,  Donaldson
Gulf Intercoastal Marine,  Baton Rouge
Gulf Oil Refinery,  New Orleans
Gulf State Utility, Baton Rouge

Higgins Shipyard,  New Orleans
International Paper Company,  Fort Hudson
International Paper Company,  Springhill
Johns-Manville,  Marrero
Lake Charles Power Plant,   Lake Charles
Oil Refinery,  Baton Rouge
Phillips Cit-Con Refinery,  Lake Charles
Port Hudson Paper Mill ,  Port Hudson
PPG Chemical,  Lake Charles
RiteCare Processing Plant,  Logansport
Schott Chotin,  Mandeville
Shell Oil Refinery,  Baton Rouge
Shell Oil Refinery,  New Orleans
Shell Refinery,  Geismar
Sheraton,  Alexandria
Sheraton,  Bossier City
Southern Shipyard,  Slidell
Southwest Steel,  New Orleans
Southwestern School,  Lafayette
St Elizabeth Hospital,  Lafayette
Stone Container,  Hodge
Superior Shipyards,  Slidell
Teledyne Irby Steel,  Gulfport
Texaco Oil Refinery,  Paradise
Texaco Refinery,  Baton Rouge
Texaco Refinery,  New Orleans
Texaco Refinery,  Point Nechester
Todd Shipyard,  New Orleans
Union Carbide ,  Luling
Union Carbide,  Taft

Despite widespread knowledge of the deadly effects of asbestos exposure, many of these companies continue to use goods containing asbestos.

Products containing Asbestos

More than 3,000 everyday consumer products contain some amount of asbestos, despite government enactment of strict regulations for workplace exposure. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 gave the EPA the power to regulate new commercial chemicals, including asbestos. However, recent changes in our government have led to the deregulation of these products, further endangering workers and families across the country. These consumer products have proven amounts or traces of asbestos:

  • Cosmetics and makeup
  • Baby powders
  • Wallpaper
  • Brake pads
  • HVAC parts
  • Insulation and construction products

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos and are suffering from related illness, consult with your doctor immediately.

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