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ELF – Highlights work related risk factors for lung health

Occupational risk factors is a term used to describe the harmful effects of breathing in various particles, gases, fumes and or smoke in the workplace. These different factors are often referred to as ‘agents’.

On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the European Lung Foundation (ELF) highlighted work-related risk factors that could affect your lung health.

ELF identifies areas for action including that:

  • Workplace limits should take into account what levels of agents can cause allergies, in addition to occupational diseases;
  • Physicians should be educated about taking adequate exposure history;
  • As new agents are identified they should be swiftly regulated

More information available here.

Originally posted on 6 May 2015

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