There are certain industries where workers are more at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Railroad workers are particularly at risk because there is asbestos in aging railroad tracks and railcars. People who work in construction are also at high risk, especially those who work in renovating older buildings, replacing parts of buildings, or demolishing. Many materials in older buildings contain asbestos and when the materials are removed, workers can inhale asbestos dust.

Other occupations at high risk are shipyard workers and emergency responders.