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Occupational Hazards

Veterans may have been exposed to the hazards listed below based on their military occupation.

Mineral fiber used in older buildings and ships; if inhaled deeply into the lungs can cause health problems

Chemical bottlesIndustrial Solvents
Usually liquid, used to dissolve, degrease, clean, strip paint, etc.

Paint peeling around a window frameLead
Metal that can be toxic for certain uses

X-ray technicianRadiation
Dental technicians, nuclear weapons technicians, and others with routine and usually safe exposure

Oil wellFuels (Petroleum, Oils, Lubricants)
Fuels such as diesel and JP-8 used to operate vehicles in the military

Man labeling PCB-containing transformersPCBs
Polychlorinated biphenyl used as coolant and insulating fluid

Man directing a helicopter landing on an aircraft carrierVibration
Periodic back and forth movement that if severe, can cause health conditions

Servicemen are covering their ears to shield them from the noise of a blastNoise
Harmful sounds from guns, equipment, and machinery that is often experienced during service

Side view of tankCARC Paint
Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) used on military vehicles to resist corrosion and chemical agents

Man spraying foam from a hose.PFAS
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in products, including fire-fighting foams