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 – Inhalation Disorders

   Control of Personal Exposure to Crystalline Silica

Tool Documents


IOSH – Training for Employees


IOSH – Training for Employers

Diesel Exhaust Emissions at Work


Case Studies/Campaigns

No Time to Lose

No Time To Lose – Silica Dust


OHAG – Asthma


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Diesel Emissions at Work Guidance
Diesel Emissions at Work Guidance Date: January 22, 2019
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