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HSE Focus on Work-Related Lung Disease

BY Michelle Sneyd
Health & Safety

Each year, it is estimated that 12,000 people die from work-related lung diseases linked to exposure during their working lives.  HSE will be focussing on employers whose workers are at risk of lung disease through breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours in the workplace.

Examples of work-related activities that can result in exposure to harmful substances include: -

•          Construction - cutting, drilling, and sanding

•          Welding

•          Stonework

•          Cement and concrete manufacture

•          Woodworking

•          Baking and milling

•          Quarry work


Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their workers from long-term lung damage and should assess the risks, plan the work and put in place effective controls to protect health.  HSE guidance and resources are available at: -

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