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What Jobs Can Cause Occupational Lung Diseases?

Occupational lung diseases are lung ailments caused by long-term exposure to certain irritants at the workplace. It is mainly because of the few irritants which are not at all good for your lungs. Normally, the lung ailments can have lasting effects, even when your lung is not exposed to the irritants. There are different particles in the air from different sources such as fires, smokestacks, exhaust, mining, construction, factories and agriculture that can cause lung problems.

what jobs can cause occupational lung diseases

Some of the prominent lung diseases are:

  • Asbestosis – This condition happens when tiny asbestos fibers go inside your lung and makes the lung tissues stiff and causes scars on the lungs. Those who work on construction sites are more prone to it.

  • Silicosis – It is caused when someone is exposed to crystalline silica which comes from drilling, cutting, chipping, grinding of soil, sand, granite and other minerals. Those who work in glass manufacturing, tunnel work, stone cutting are more likely to develop this disease.

  • Byssinosis - It is a form of occupational asthma and is a rare lung disease and it is sometimes referred to as Brown Lung Disease. Inhalation of cotton, hemp and flax material causes Byssinosis which causes shortness of breath and tightness of chest. The workers of textile industry are worst affected by this.

Jobs That Can Cause Occupational Lung Diseases

Some of the jobs which are more likely to cause occupational lung diseases:

Jobs that can cause occupational lung diseases
  1. Construction Workers – The workers who are involved with drywall products, cement insulation, concrete, sanding, and drilling tools are likely to develop lung diseases. They inhale dust in renovation and demolition work that can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

  2. Welders – The welding process entails working with molten metal that produces toxic fumes which can cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cancer of urinary tract, larynx, and lungs.

  3. Mining - The workers at mining sites are at a high risk of developing several lung diseases as they are prone to lung ailments such as silicosis, COPD, and pneumoconiosis is known as black lung.

  4. Aerospace Industry Workers – These workers are exposed to beryllium which causes berylliosis or lung cancer. Some of the symptoms of berylliosis are shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue and dry cough.

  5. Factory Workers - The factory workers inhale gasses, chemicals, and dust that can cause COPD. In some cases, it causes bronchiolitis obliterans which is a more serious form of COPD.

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