This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve your user experience. You can visit our cookie privacy page for more information.

Social media

Javascript is required to use HSE website social media functionality.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Lungs

COPD is a major cause of disability and death, thousands of people die each year from work-related lung diseases and in many cases due to exposures that took place many years before. COPD describes a number of breathing problems where there is damage to the breathing tubes and air sacs within the lung.  Breathing in certain dusts, fumes, chemicals or gases in the workplace can cause serious long term lung damage.

Information for employers

Dust mask

Occupational health needs to be tackled through a partnership approach. Workers, Trade Unions, industry groups and senior management need to be involved to ensure a safe environment is created for all.

More information for employers

Top tips

Man with disc stone cutter

All top tips

Updated 2013-09-25