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.
Since I am active in the Air Guard now I have forwarded this to my med group to see how I can have it documented since I served on three cutters that are on the list from ’89-95.
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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This is interesting: https://www.safety4sea.com/asbestos-time-bomb-ticking-for-the-marine-industry/
China is still using a lot of asbestos and sometimes it even labels products as asbestos free when they do in fact contain asbestos.
ADE, thanks for bringing this up. Sounds like our Marine Inspectors could be exposed for some time.
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.
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.
In the absence of further guidance I think a DD214 should be evidence of exposure.
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was on the naugatuck in the soo. she was made in the 30.
DO YOU KNOW IF THE “OJIBWA” TUG IS ON ANY LIST FOR ASBESTOS AND LEAD EXPOSURE? MY HUSBAND SERVED FROM 1974- 1979 AND HE WAS ON THIS TUG.HE WAS STATIONED AT BASE BUFFALO AND OHIO.HE HAS SEVERE POLYNEUROPATHY IN BOTH LOWER LEGS,ANKLES, FEET AND TOES.HE ALSO HAS SCARRING ON HIS LUNGS AND IS ON OXYGEN.HE PUT IN A VA DISABILITY CLAIM AND WAS DENIED.NOW WE ARE WORKING ON THE APPEAL.
Debbie, since Ojibwa was constructed 1943/44 it almost certainly had asbestos insulation
I was assigned to the CGC Heather (WGL 331) in 1960 thru 1963 at San Pedro USCG Base.
Heather was originally built for the US Army as a Mine Layer and it was outfitted with a low
pressure Steam Engines. The Water Filter used raw (John Mansfield) Asbestos to remove any
particles from water prior to Boiler heating water to produce 200lb steam for engines. After 20
years I retired from Coast Guard.