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Occupational Lung Disease

Occupational lung disease leads to an estimated 12,000 deaths each year and 400,000 working days lost in Great Britain.

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It includes a wide range of conditions, of which some develop shortly after exposure, such as work-related asthma and legionella infections. Others develop many years later, such as pneumoconiosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma - these are life-limiting and/or life-altering.

It can occur in most industry sectors and is caused by a wide range of agents, from biological organisms through to dusts, fumes and vapours. Asbestos and respirable crystalline silica (RCS) are particularly substantial contributors to the burden of lung disease.

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Publishing: 01 Jun 2008
ISBN: 9780717662326
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Also available from the HSE:

Dust in the workplace (PDF)

Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust: Guidance for e Employers (PDF)

Bakers - Time to clear the air! (PDF)