Respirators help Middle East workers breathe easy

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For Health and Safety Middle East

A review of pulmonary diseases in the Middle East in August 2011, said the region could have the highest incidence of pulmonary infections in the world.

“The wealth of pulmonary pathologies encountered in the Middle East probably surpasses all other regions of the world,” said Atul Mehta, chief medical officer at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi and lead author of the study, which was published in Respirology1.

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Respiratory Diseases

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Harmful substances

Conduct a risk assessment

Change processes or materials if possible

Control exposure levels

Provide respiratory protective equipment

Choosing the right Respiratory Protective Equipment

Fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment properly to the user

Communicate the dangers

Maintaining Respiratory Protective Equipment

Communicate the dangers

Train people in how to use the equipment

This message must be communicated to employees

Review, maintain records, conduct ongoing risk assessments

In summary

Every year, hundreds of thousands of workers across the globe are made ill by hazardous substances including contracting lung diseases such as asthma and cancer.  These diseases cost millions of pounds each year and can include compensation to the individual and their family, for the loss to industry to replace the worker and to society in disabled allowances and medicines.

Unlike many hazards, the many of the hazards and risks associated with chemicals in the workplace cannot be seen and are often not recognised until the damage to an individual (or individuals) has been done. The respiratory system is a target organ for many hazardous substances.  Unlike head or foot injuries, respiratory injuries may not be readily apparent.  It may take several years or may not be until workers retire before an individual displays symptoms as a result of exposure to hazards in an atmosphere.

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