Building or construction
This information is for people that work in building or construction, such as quarry workers, builders, stonemasons and painters. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Created when working on materials that have silica in them (for example concrete, mortar, sandstone and artificial stone used in stone benchtops).
Dust from wood
Created when working on softwood, hardwood and wood-based products like medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and plywood.
Less toxic dusts
Created when working on materials containing very little or no silica. The most common include gypsum (e.g. in plasterboard), limestone, marble and dolomite.
A naturally-occurring mineral used in building products in the past, however many structures will still contain asbestos products today. When material containing asbestos is moved or damaged, a dust containing fibres of asbestos can go into the air and be breathed in.
Found in products including paints, coatings, foams, glues and flooring.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.