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Lessening The Burden Of Lung Disease

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Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider the following tips to lessen the likelihood of occupational lung disease: 

  • Conduct a risk assessment where you monitor which hazardous substances (such as carcinogens) are present at your workplace and where they arise.
  • Implement proper control measures, such as eliminating the use of a substance, using a safer substance, changing work processes to use less of a substance, limiting the number of workers using the substance and providing proper personal protective equipment, like a face shield.
  • Provide proper training for employees who work with the substance.
  • Monitor risks with routine health check-ups for employees and safety reports to ensure workers are following any regulations in place.

For additional health and safety guidance, contact ICB Group today.

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