Have you identified hazards at your workplace? If so, watch this video to find out what you can do at work to manage the risks and implement control measures that can protect your workers from occupational lung diseases.
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Narrator: If your workers are exposed to dust, gas, fumes, or vapours, you must implement control measures.
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You can eliminate the risk by changing work practices to stop dust, gas, fumes, or vapours being created.
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Replace materials with something less hazardous.
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Use engineering controls like local exhaust ventilation.
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Isolate the hazard in an enclosed area.
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Use administrative controls such as work processes and policies that reduce exposure.
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If there is still a risk provide workers with suitable and properly fitted face masks to ensure they are fully protected.
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