This information is for people that work in factories, including those that produce textiles, electronics, metals, bricks, ceramics and plastics. 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.
Found in products including paints, coatings, foams, glues and flooring.
A mixture of gases, including nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), shielding gas (e.g. argon, helium) and ozone (O3) and very fine particles.
Created when working on materials that have silica in them (for example concrete, mortar, sandstone and artificial stone used in stone benchtops).
Certain ingredients in dyes.
Neat oils or water-based fluids used for lubrication and cooling when working with metals. They are sometimes called suds, coolants, slurry or soap.
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.
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.