Understanding Mesothelioma: Risks and Prevention in Missouri Workplaces

by James M. Hoffmann on May. 14, 2024

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury  Personal Injury Accident & Injury  Mesothelioma 

Summary: Explore mesothelioma risks and prevention strategies in Missouri workplaces, focusing on asbestos exposure and relevant safety regulations.

Mesothelioma is a rare but serious cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs and the chest wall. This disease is predominantly caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral once widely used in construction, manufacturing, and other industries. In Missouri, workers in certain sectors may still be at risk of exposure, despite stringent regulations. This article explores the risks associated with mesothelioma in Missouri workplaces and outlines effective prevention strategies.


What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs (known as the mesothelium). The most common area affected is the lining of the lungs and chest wall. Symptoms often include shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, and weight loss. These symptoms typically come on slowly.


Risks of Asbestos Exposure in Missouri Workplaces

In Missouri, industries such as construction, shipbuilding, automotive repair, and power generation were historically significant users of asbestos-containing materials. Workers at older sites undergoing renovation or demolition are particularly at risk. Missouri’s position along the Mississippi River also contributed to heavy industrial use that might have exposed workers to asbestos fibers through shipping materials and products.


Legal Framework and Workplace Regulations

Missouri has adopted comprehensive regulations that require employers to protect workers from asbestos exposure. These include:

  • Strict adherence to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Required training for workers handling asbestos.
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Regular health screenings for workers in high-risk occupations.

Understanding these regulations can help workers and employers alike ensure a safer workplace environment.


Prevention Strategies

Preventing mesothelioma begins with minimizing exposure to asbestos. Employers can implement several effective strategies to protect their workers, such as:

  • Conducting regular risk assessments.
  • Ensuring that all asbestos-containing materials are identified and properly managed.
  • Providing training and protective gear to employees.
  • Implementing health surveillance programs to detect early signs of mesothelioma.


Awareness and education are crucial in combating the risks of mesothelioma in Missouri workplaces. By adhering to state regulations and adopting rigorous safety measures, the risk of exposure to asbestos can be significantly reduced, protecting the health of Missouri’s workforce.


If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, it's important to seek legal advice. Understanding your rights and options is crucial. Contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann, your trusted Missouri mesothelioma lawyer, for experienced guidance and support in navigating the complexities of workers' compensation related to mesothelioma in Missouri.

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