Manufacturing workers use materials which may be harmful to breathe in. Watch this video to see what employers must do to manage these risks at work and protect their workers from occupational lung diseases.
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Narrator: The manufacturing industry uses some materials which may be harmful to breathe in.
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You must manage the risk of your workers damaging their lungs by using ingredients that have a stabiliser to minimise production of fumes and vapours,
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using fume cupboards,
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implementing processes to minimise the creation of dust fumes and vapours,
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following health and safety processes,
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and using appropriate face masks to support these controls.
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For more guidance on what to do at your workplace visit our website.