Lung disease

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    Breathe more easily

    With 12,000 people thought to be dying from occupational lung disease every year in Britain, the British Occupational Hygiene Society is urging employers to adopt good exposure controls to protect workers from harmful airborne substances.

    By Chris Keen, BOHS on 05 January 2021

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    Report finds vaping can worsen heart disease and lung disorders

    With poor lung health a factor in Covid-19, a new report into the health impacts of e-cigarettes is worth considering.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 18 September 2020

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    What does the law say about dust control at work?

    Demolition, brick cutting, the use of cement, wood and stone working, drilling, exposure to paint and sanding down surfaces in preparation. These are just some of the many construction-related activities where dust is prevalent and where it needs to be controlled.

    By Louise Hosking, Hosking Associates on 07 October 2019

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    In the zone

    London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) promises to lower toxic emissions by forcing vehicles to pay more to enter central London. But what has been the success of earlier measures to crack down on polluting traffic and how far have they reduced ill health in the city?

    By Belinda Liversedge on 23 May 2019

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    Lung cancer in non-smokers highlights air pollution risk

    Senior doctors have called for links between air pollution and lung cancer in outdoor workers to be made clearer, following new evidence of large numbers of non-smokers suffering from the disease.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 May 2019

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    Risk in 3D

    Recent research by HSE found that 3D printers emit many particles of a size range that could potentially enter the airways and lungs.

    By Steve Burrows, managing director Kora 3D on 26 March 2019

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    Invisible polluted air, invisible workers

    Our campaign Time to Breathe, to be launched on 12 March, is looking to draw the attention of employers, policy makers and regulators to start taking seriously the risk of air pollution to the health of outdoor workers. We also offer Canairy, an innovative new mobile app, to help.

    By Matthew Holder introduces British Safety Council's air pollution focused campaign on 26 February 2019

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    Beyond lifestyle initiatives

    We talk about health and safety, but for decades what we’ve really meant is just safety. One hundred years ago, businesses killed 5,000 workers per year from accidents.

    By Steve Perkins says there are three dimensions to good health and wellbeing on 29 January 2019

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    Mother presses for air pollution inquest into daughter's asthma death

    “People who work round here, you have my sympathy,” Rosamund Kissi-Debrah told the Hazards AGM conference on 12 December. The clean air campaigner was commenting on the traffic choked roads of Euston nearby.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 December 2018

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    Stay safe on site with dust extraction

    The dangers of regularly breathing in construction dust are well documented and can pose a grave risk to tradespeople.

    By Daryl Townsend on 04 December 2018