Occupational lung diseases, including asthma can result from the inhalation of harmful mists, vapours, particles or gases. This topic describes the appropriate preventive measures that should be in place to control the risk of occupational lung diseases and any workplace exposure limits that must be adhered to. Monitoring should be in place to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment of individual cases. Diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases should be carried out by occupational physicians.
Under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.
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