Every year exposure to hazardous substances at work affects the health of many thousands of people.
Common examples include:
- Lung disease (e.g. through working in dusty conditions),
- Skin irritation,
- Dermatitis or skin cancer (e.g. from frequent contact with oils or corrosive liquids),
- The development of other occupational cancers (e.g. from exposure to toxic fumes),
- Occupational asthma (e.g. from sensitisation to isocyanates in paints or adhesives).
The high costs of ill-health arise from a number of causes, including loss of earnings, loss of productivity, prosecution and civil action, among others.
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