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Occupational lung disease

12,000 Lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work

18,000 Estimated annual new cases of self-reported work-related breathing or lung problems

A range of lung diseases can be caused by exposures in the workplace including diseases which are very serious – such as cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which can often be fatal.

Lung disease contributing to estimated current annual deaths

Charty showing COPD is the type of lung disease that contributes most to the current rate of annual deaths at 33%

Occupational asthma: Causal agents most commonly reported by chest physicians during 2012-2016

Chart showing isocyanates are the most common causal agent reported by chest physicians

Source: THOR (SWORD) scheme, University of Manchester

Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual actual and predicted deaths

Graph showing 2500 projected cases of Mesothelioma per year in Great Britain until 2020

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Updated 2018-10-25