"Mesothelioma in Drywall Finishing Workers"

Michael J. McCoy, Matthew E. Wolter & Kim E. Anderson

In this manuscript, we evaluate the context in which workers were exposed to drywall joint compound based on the state-of-the-art of the construction industry during the post-World War II era through the 1970s and conduct a review of the scientific literature associated with the drywall trade and occupational exposure to airborne asbestos from drywall finishing work practices. Specifically, this manuscript evaluates the epidemiologic literature describing the apparent lack of association of mesothelioma to asbestos fibers utilized in drywall finishing materials in workers who were potentially occupationally exposed to short-fiber chrysotile asbestos contained in some drywall joint compound products during the post-World War II era through the early to mid-1970s. This manuscript also provides an understanding of the state-of-the-art in drywall joint compound manufacturing during this period.