It's not just cigarettes that kill your lungs and certain occupations can attribute to the development of lung disease too!
The bad news is that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 16,000 people die from job-related lung disease each year, but the good news is it is preventable.
Check out 10 jobs that have the occupational hazard of lung damage if proper precautions are not taken and some may surprise you!
Construction workers are at risk of developing lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis from inhaling dust during demolitions or renovations, but wearing protective gear, including a respirator, can help protect your lungs.
Manufacturing or warehouse workers exposure to dust, chemicals, and gases increase their risk for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD. This disease affects 24 million Americans with symptoms often confused for allergies, cough, or cold, but wearing a filtering mask while mixing chemicals can help prevent this.
Health-care workers (an estimated 12%) may be allergic to latex or the powder residue found in latex gloves, causing a severe asthma-like reaction. If latex bothers you, switch to latex-free synthetic gloves.
Textile workers are vulnerable to Byssinosis, or brown lung disease, because they inhale particles released from cotton or other materials. Proper ventilation and wearing a mask will drastically decrease the odds of developing this disease.
Bartenders are victims are second-hand smoke for a living if they work at a bar that still allows smoking. Besides better ventilation, if any bartender wants to avoid the risk of lung cancer, we recommend finding a job at a smoke-free bar!
Bakers who are exposed to flour dust are at very significant risk of developing allergic sensitization and account for an estimated 15% of new asthma cases in adults. Improve the ventilation in the kitchen and wear a protective mask will help decrease a bakers chance to developing asthma.
Automobile industry professionals exposed to spray-on paints for auto-body detailing are at risk to develop occupational asthma or skin irritation if protective gear such as respirators, gloves, and goggles aren't worn.
Transportation employees such as truck drivers and railroad employees are at a high risk for COPD and lung cancer from exposure to diesel exhaust.
Miners, especially coal miners, are at a high risk of lung disease from inhaling dust. Coal miners can develop a lung-scarring disease called pneumoconiosis, or black lung, from years of inhaling coal dust.
Firemen are recommended to wear respiratory protective equipment at all stages of firefighting, even after the fire goes out, because toxic materials and asbestos linger while they poke through the burnt debris.
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