People that are at highest risk of asbestos exposure are those who encounter it on the job. This includes those who work in construction, ship building, and asbestos mining and in the manufacturing of asbestos textiles. When asbestos fibers get into the air they may be inhaled into the lungs or swallowed into he digestive system where they can cause significant health problems. If you are involved asbestos related industries, you should take an active role in reducing the threat of asbestos on your health. You can speak with your supervisor about the possibility of testing your work place for the presence of asbestos. If you are a smoker working with asbestos, you should seriously consider quitting.