Occupational lung diseases

Occupational lung diseases are conditions of the respiratory system that have occupational exposure as a risk factor for developing the disease. These diseases may be acute, sub-acute or chronic, and either malignant, non-malignant or infectious in nature. Occupational lung diseases include: Aluminosis – pneumoconiosis caused by the presence of dust containing aluminium in the lung tissue. Asbestosis, asbestosis induced carcinoma, mesothelioma – diseases caused by inhalation of asbestos. Asthma – a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra...


Construction sites are busy places. Many contractors work side-by-side and heavy vehicles come and go. In this environment, consultation, cooperation and coordination are essential to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site.


Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.


Demolition work is when you knock down or dismantle a structure or part of a structure that is load-bearing or somehow related to the physical integrity of the structure.


Certain types of work can be hazardous and require specific skills, capabilities and licences. Under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, licences are required for; asbestos removal and clearance, high risk work, demolition work and major hazard facilities.

Personal protective equipment

Safe Work Australia does not provide legal advice on the operation of the model Work Health and Safety laws. You must contact your work health and safety authority in your state or territory. PPE is one of the least effective safety control measures: you should not rely on PPE as a hazard control.

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