MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION OF ASBESTOS AND LEAD EXPOSURES ON COAST GUARD CUTTERS CONSTRUCTED PRIOR TO 1991

The Coast Guard is directing the documentation of possible exposure to asbestos and lead on ships that were built before 1991, which of course means most of them.

HEALTH, SAFETY AND WORK-LIFE SERVICE CENTER TECHNICAL DIRECTIVE 2017-009, HSWLSCTD 2017-009 14 December 2017

This TD applies to all Coast Guard members currently and previously assigned to CG cutters that were constructed prior to 1991. Documentation is for the purpose of identifying potential exposure to low levels of asbestos and lead below the Medical Surveillance Action Level (MSAL) required for enrollment into OMSEP. Medical documentation of these exposures may facilitate the processing of future Veterans Administration disability claims.

This is primarily aimed at active duty personnel, but an entry on the Coast Guard Retired Facebook page indicates an intention to also document possible exposure of those no longer on active duty.

10 thoughts on “MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION OF ASBESTOS AND LEAD EXPOSURES ON COAST GUARD CUTTERS CONSTRUCTED PRIOR TO 1991

  1. I was able to find 2 of the ships I was stationed on which were listed in HSWLSCTD 2017-009 where can I find the ships Prior to 1988. I was on stationed on the CGC Leguare W144 a 125 ft
    vessel and the CGC Rockaway W377 a 311. I have asbestosis in both lungs which is terminal . I received the major exposure to asbestos on the Rockaway on the clean up crew from the fires on board. We were covered in Asbestos fiber and dust . Can you help me find the for those ships listing . Thank You, Glenn A Mushett USCG RMC RET

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  3. What about the old AVP’s i.e. Castle Rock, McCulloch, (311’s) and the Lakes class 255 i.e. Winnebago, etc. We inherited these ships from the Navy and they were built in the 40’s. Remember sleeping under asbestos covered piping.
    Also was a Marine Inspector in LA/LB at the various shipyards as well as an inspector on gas, styrene, benzine barges, oil and chemical barges. No protection required or even offered…
    Any known reason why these aspects and classes of ships were not mentioned.
    Bud Minott

    • Still have not seen anything about addressing the issue of retirees who were certainly exposed earlier. Served on McCulloch myself (1969-71), my first assignment. The 255 foot Lake class were never Navy. They, like the 327s, were built by and for the Coast Guard.

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