In the mine
This information is for miners. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Coal dust builds up in the lungs over time.
Created when working on materials that have silica in them (for example concrete, mortar and sandstone).
Most mines use diesel vehicles and tools underground. Given the lack of space and fresh air, you may breathe in high levels of diesel fumes.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.