Dust and Inhalation

Dust and Inhalation – The lungs are constantly exposed to danger from the dusts we breathe. Luckily, the lungs have another function – they have defence mechanisms that protects them by removing dust particles from the respiratory system. For example, during a lifetime, a coal miner may inhale 1,000 g of dust into his lungs. When doctors examine the lungs of a miner after death, they find no more than 40 g of dust. Such a relatively small residue illustrates the importance of the lungs’ defences, and certainly suggests that they are quite effective. On the other hand, even though the lungs can clear themselves, excessive inhalation of dust may result in disease.

Reference Material

IOSH IOSH – Inhalation Disorders  Control of Personal Exposure to Crystalline Silica

Tool Documents

 IOSH IOSH – Training for Employees  IOSH IOSH – Training for Employers
Diesel Exhaust Emissions at Work

Case Studies/Campaigns

No Time to Lose No Time To Lose – Silica Dust  ohag OHAG – Asthma


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