Dangers of Dust at Work

January 4th, 2013 General

Dust Diseases

Dust in the home or the workplace can cause a number of health issues. Some of these dust-related diseases can cause major health issues and result in chronic illnesses. Lung diseases that are caused by dust are categorized under the pneumoconiosis category. There are several types of dust-causing diseases, depending on the type of dust that produces the disease.Read on to discover the names of these diseases and the overall effect they can have on your health.

Silicosis: One of the most common dust-causing diseases, Silicosis, is a form of lung disease marked by inflammation and scarring in the lungs. It occurs when silica, also known as quartz dust, is inhaled. Symptoms of this dust-causing diseases include shortness of breath, cough, and fever. It is particularly dangerous because it is often misdiagnosed as pneumonia or tuberculosis.

Asbestosis: A form of pulmonary fibrosis that is caused by asbestos fibers, Asbestosis can develop after years of exposure to the fibers. Symptoms of this disease include breathlessness, couth, and weight loss. Asbestosis often leads to lung cancer or mesothelioma, another form of cancer.

Occupational Lung Disease: Exposure to dust and debris can cause a lifetime of lung issues for people who work in fields where dust and debris are common, or just happen to be exposed to dust and debris for a period of time. Symptoms of occupational lung disease include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness, and abnormal breathing patterns.

In order to protect yourself from these diseases, wear protective masks when working in or around an area with dust and debris. If construction is being conducted in the home or workplace, ensure that dust and debris are contained with suspended covers or C.O.R.E. Frameless Walls.

These are just a few of the many diseases caused by dust and debris. TuffWrap offers a number of products and services to keep dust and debris contained when conducting construction or renovations.

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