Week 3 - Clean Air. Clear Lungs. - National Safe Work Month

Everyone has the right to be safe at work. The air you, your workers and others breathe at work can be hazardous and cause lung damage. 

Occupational lung diseases are conditions of the respiratory system caused by workplace exposure to dusts, gases, fumes, vapours mists and microorganisms. 

Occupational lung diseases

The air you, your workers and others breathe at work can be hazardous and cause lung damage. 

Workers at a higher risk of developing an occupational lung disease include:

  • manufacturing workers 
  • construction workers
  • engineered stone workers
  • agricultural workers. 

In order to think safe.work safe.be safe. persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) must implement work health and safety control measures to reduce identify hazards and monitor and control risks to keep workers from developing an occupational lung disease. 

Safe Work Australia has developed a range of resources as part of the Clean Air. Clear Lungs campaign  to assist PCBU’s to understand their WHS responsibilities and help prevent occupational lung disease occurring. 

Think safe

It’s important to think, work and be safe if you work in an industry with a high risk of occupational lung disease. 

Investing in work health and safety at your workplace can help protect your workers and prevent them developing occupational lung diseases. 

Work safe

If you have identified hazards in the air at your work that could cause occupational lung diseases – implement and manage the risk by using safety control measures to protect your workers’ lung health. 

Be safe

If you invest in work health and safety, you can identify, manage and control the hazards that cause occupational lung diseases. 

Practice health and safety at your workplace and create a safety culture and reduce the risk of occupational lung diseases. 

Clean Air. Clear Lungs. Campaign 

Occupational lung disease is a priority condition under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022.

Safe Work Australia has developed a work plan for occupational lung diseases. This work plan is currently being implemented and aims to:

  • raise awareness of the duties and control measures for eliminating and minimising airborne contaminants that cause occupational lung disease at the workplace
  • inform the development of effective national policy.

The Clean Air. Clear Lungs. campaign is the key national education and awareness campaign that focuses on micro and small-to-medium enterprises to raise awareness of occupational lung diseases. 

The Clean Air. Clear Lungs. campaign kit has a range of resources including information sheets, social media tiles, infographics and posters for organisations and individuals to use to help spread awareness of occupational lung diseases. 

Supporting information

Information sheets: 

Case study

Infographics

Translations

Animations

Information sheets

Partner organisations