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...

Crystalline silica and silicosis

Crystalline silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. When workers cut, crush, drill, polish, saw or grind products containing silica, dust particles are generated that are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and cause illness or disease including silicosis.

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