Respiratory protective equipment can play a vital role in protecting construction workers from exposure to harmful airborne dusts, says Matthew Judson.

Despite a significant reduction in injuries to construction workers in recent years, construction dust is still a big threat to their health, leading to too many avoidable cases of respiratory disease.

The latest UK statistics show that there were an estimated 18,000 annual new cases of breathing or lung problems caused, or made worse by work in 2017, plus 41,000 new and long-standing cases among those who worked in 2016, and 147,000 among those who have ever worked.

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