On the farm
This information is for farmers and forestry workers, e.g. lumberjacks or tree surgeons. 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.
Dusts from grains
Dusts made when working with grains like barley, wheat, oats, maize and rye.
Dusts from animals and birds
When handling animals or cleaning the area where they are kept, you might breathe in dust from the animals’ fur, feathers, dead skin, urine, droppings or saliva. This is most common among people working with poultry (birds).
Moulds on hay, straw and grain
Crops harvested in wet weather can often go mouldy before crumbling to a fine dust when they dry out.
Dust from wood
Created when working on softwood and hardwood.
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.