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Pneumoconiosis refers to a group of lung diseases caused by the inhalation, and retention in the lungs, of dusts. The different forms of pneumoconiosis are defined in terms the kind of dust or the occupation that was the cause. Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, silicosis, and asbestosis are the main forms of pneumoconiosis and these due to coal, silica and asbestos dust respectively. Asbestosis is covered elsewhere.

Pneumoconiosis usually takes many years to develop so most currently occurring cases are among retired workers and reflect industrial conditions of the past.

The latest information shows:

Pneumoconiosis (other than asbestosis) in Great Britain, 2004-2014

Figure 1: Pneumoconiosis (other than asbestosis) in Great Britain, 1999-2012

Updated 2015-09-17