Work-related lung disease


Work-related lung conditions are caused or made worse by materials in your workplace

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Repeated and long-term exposure to certain irritants in the workplace can lead to an array of lung diseases that may have lasting effects, even after exposure to those irritants cease. Certain jobs, because of the nature of their location, work, and environment, are more at risk for occupational lung diseases than others.

Need to know

Symptoms will depend on each individual but may include:

  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • chest tightness
  • abnormal breathing patterns

The symptoms of occupational (work-related) lung diseases may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Your consultant will be able to advise you.

You'll be given an initial chest X-ray or CT scan for a clinical diagnosis. Additional tests may be performed to determine the type and severity of the lung disease, including:

  • pulmonary function tests
  • microscopic examination from biopsy or autopsy of tissue, cells, and fluids from the lungs
  • biochemical and cellular studies of lung fluids
  • measurement of respiratory or gas exchange functions
  • examination of airway or bronchial activity

Treatment will be determined by the type and severity of lung disease you are diagnosed with. The best prevention for occupational (work-related) lung diseases is avoiding inhaling substances that cause lung diseases. Recommendations include:

  • not smoking
  • wearing proper protective equipment
  • regular evaluation of lung function
  • educating workers of the risks of lung disease
  • regular workplace health and safety checks

Our Work-related lung disease locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
Lung Nodule Clinic

Lung Nodule Clinic

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.