Asbestos Exposure Sites in Minnesota

Asbestos Exposure Sites

It is important to identify asbestos exposure sites to support your potential case. But asbestosis and mesothelioma can take many years to appear. That delay can make it challenging to identify the source of asbestos exposure.


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Identifying sites

Luckily, asbestos exposure has been studied extensively. The Minnesota Department of Health has studied it. Lawyers representing injured people have built a base of knowledge. And other institutions have identified plants, factories, and other sites that appear to be major potential sources of asbestos exposure. For example, a large-scale study by the University of Minnesota highlighted the increased risk for exposure among certain iron range workers. The MN Dept. Health has a notification program for Conwed workers. We also know about potential asbestos exposure sites because of experiences in other states involving, for example, pipe insulations for industrial processing equipment. When we pull together these sources of information, it helps us identify how injured Minnesotans may have been exposed.

The Map

This map highlights just a few of the major industrial sites in Minnesota that have been associated with potential asbestos exposure. There are many more potential asbestos exposure sites, especially if you are or were in one of the jobs described here or work with any of the products described here.

Click on the sites for more details regarding some of the known or suspected asbestos exposure sites in Minnesota.

Asbestos was commonly used in these and many other common products:


Electrical panels.

Fire proofing materials.

Fume and Lab Hoods.



Ductwork and Flexible Duct Connectors.


Pipe Insulation.

Vermiculite/Zonolite Insulation.

Brake pads.

Automobile clutches.

Automobile hood liners.

Roofing tiles.

Ceiling tiles.


Workers at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Many workers are at risk of exposure, including:

Auto and other Mechanics.


Brick and Stone Masons.



Furnace/Smelter Operations and Maintenance.

HVAC workers.

Industrial Plant Workers.


Iron Workers.

Oil Refinery Workers.



Power Plant Workers.

Railroad Workers.


Shipyard Workers.


Tile Setters.Welders.