Mine (open cut or underground)
This information is for miners (open cut or underground). 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 by crushing, grinding or pulverizing of coal.
Created when working on materials that have silica in them (for example concrete, mortar, sandstone and artificial stone used in stone benchtops).
Most mines use diesel vehicles and tools underground. Given the lack of space and fresh air, you may breathe in high levels of diesel fumes.
Found in products including paints, coatings, foams, glues and flooring.
Biological agents are widely found in the natural environment, however some workplaces may use them intentionally. They include bacteria, viruses and fungi (mould). Some infectious lung diseases can be transmitted in the workplace particularly if you work in agriculture or with animals, or in a healthcare or gym.
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.