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Chemical Plants and Asbestos Exposure

Chemical Plants

Chemical Plant Workers were Exposed to Asbestos on the Job

Chemical plants contained many types of equipment that required protection from high heat and fire including furnaces, boilers and pumps. Before the dangers of using asbestos were made public, this equipment was often manufactured with asbestos containing components. In addition, asbestos insulation was used to provide fireproofing protection in the walls and ceilings where the threat of fire existed.

We have compiled a list of the major Chemical Plants across the country where our clients have been exposed to asbestos. People who worked at these plants may be at risk to develop asbestos diseases including malignant mesothelioma and asbestos cancer.


  • Allied Chemical Corp
  • Calabama Chemical Company
  • Ciba Geigy Chemical Company
  • Diamond Shamrock Chemicals
  • Kerr Mcgee Chemical Corporation
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Stauffer Chemical Company


  • Allied Chemical Plant California


  • Naugatuck Chemical Company
  • Uniroyal, Inc


  • Hercules Powder Company


  • Petro Chemical Products


  • Irwin Chemical Company
  • USI Chemical Co.


  • Harcros Chemical Company


  • CONDEA Vista Chemical
  • Olin Corporation


  • Union Chemical Company


  • Dow Chemical Plant


  • Monsanto
  • Thomson-Hayward

New Jersey

  • Industrial Liquid Chemical Company

New Mexico

  • Roswell Industrial Air Center

New York

  • DuPont Yerkes Plant


  • Borden Chemical Company
  • Chevron Chemical Fertilizer Plant
  • Chipman Chemical
  • Georgia-Pacific Resin Plant
  • Pennwalt Sodium Chlorate Plant
  • Portland Gas and Coke Company
  • Rhone-Poulenc Chemical Plant
  • Stauffer Chemical Plant Oregon

Rhode Island

  • Dytex Chemical Company


  • Shell Oil Refinery
  • Texaco Oil Refinery Washington


  • Allied Chemical Plant Wyoming
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Stauffer Chemical Plant Wyoming
  • Texaco Oil Refinery Wyoming

Chemical Plants and Asbestos

In the majority of the 1900s, various forms of asbestos were used as insulation in cases where fire or temperature extremes were a concern. Therefore, it was not uncommon for chemical plant facilities to be made with materials that contained asbestos. Resistance to chemical reactions is perhaps a less well-known property of some kinds of the fibrous mineral. Because of this, asbestos was utilized in protective garments, bench and counter tops and lab equipment. Asbestos, however, carried a notable downside that was not understood or at times deliberately ignored: serious and often fatal medical conditions were caused by asbestos exposure.

Generally, amosite was the variety of asbestos utilized. When mixed with chrysotile, which is resistant to heat and bases but not as resistant to acidic compounds, amosite creates materials that are particularly effective at preventing damage from corrosive substances. Although it was prohibited from use as a construction material in the 1970s, amosite, in the form of asbestos-containing transite, was utilized for many years in oil refineries and chemical plants throughout the United States.

Asbestos transite could be molded into working surfaces, sprayed onto ductwork and pipes and laminated in the same way cement could. This form of asbestos did not pose a health hazard so long as it was solid. As asbestos-containing transite ages and become prone to becoming powdery, however, deadly, tiny fibers can flake off into the atmosphere. Asbestos in this condition is called friable, which translates to easily crushed. In addition, laboratory and chemical plant kilns frequently contained friable asbestos as part of their insulation linings.

Author: Tara Strand

Senior Content Writer

Tara Strand

Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli

Lawyer for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families

Jennifer R. Lucarelli
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