OSHA Urges Lung Health Awareness in the Workplace

(U.S. Department of Labor)

(U.S. Department of Labor)

Workplace Lung Health Risks and Awareness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to remind employers that lung health is a critical workplace issue, reaching and devastating the lives of many employees and their families every year.

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez warns, “Workers should never have to worry that the air they breathe on the job will slowly destroy their lungs. Yet in too many cases, that risk is still all too real at U.S. workplaces.

Occupational lung disease is slow, debilitating and lethal. A construction worker, stone cutter, foundry worker or coal miner inhales tiny bits of dust that penetrate the lungs and slowly causes them to scar over. It may be decades before health problems develop, from shortness of breath to dependency on oxygen tanks. After a lifetime of hard work, instead of a comfortable retirement, so many workers confront a grim reality: although occupational lung diseases are preventable, they are often incurable.”

Preventing Employee Lung Cancer and Lung Ailments

Occupational lung diseases are preventable and there are many tools and procedures employers can implement to reduce employee risk of lung cancer and respiratory illnesses. Additionally, OSHA and the Department of Labor are working to implement new rules, which would help to protect workers’ lungs:

  • Reduce the amount of dust in air by wetting it down or vacuuming it up.
  • Proper use of respirators can prevent workers from inhaling whatever dust is left in the air.
  • OSHA’s silica proposal
  • OSHA’s beryllium proposal

Employee Rights

You have the right to:

  • Work in a safe place.
  • Receive safety and health training in any language that you understand.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something seems unsafe.
  • Use and be trained on required safety gear, such as hard hats, goggles and ear plugs.
  • Exercise your workplace safety rights without retaliation or discrimination.
  • File a confidential complaint with OSHA if you believe there is a serious hazard or that your employer is not following OSHA standards.

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