The Big Fun Healthy Lungs Quiz

We all need to look after our lungs. Work related lung diseases are a big problem that can ruin lives. But how much do you know about lungs and lung health? Why not take a breather (sorry!) and test your knowledge with our fiendish-but-fun Healthy Lungs Quiz?

Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases every year, in many cases due to exposures that took place years before. Breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours in the workplace can cause serious, long-term lung damage.

Increasing our knowledge and awareness of occupational lung diseases and how they can be prevented is an essential first step in tackling the problem, and something that HSE will address in its first Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit in November 2017.

So you think you know about lung health? Let’s see…

In the meantime we challenge you to try our Big Fun Healthy Lungs Quiz to find out how much you know. There are no prizes (sorry again), but if you score 8 or more out of 10 (without nipping off to Google stuff) then you can give yourself a decent pat on the back and brag to your colleagues/friends/family.

Ready? Here come the questions!

1. Which of the following statements about human lungs is true?
2. On average, how heavy is a human lung?
3. Approximately how many litres of air move in and out of our lungs each day?
4. 'Pneumoconiosis' refers to a set of lung diseases caused by the inhalation, and retention in the lungs, of:
5. COPD is a long-term illness that damages lungs and makes breathing difficult. COPD stands for:
6. Inhaling spores during the handling of mouldy straw, hay or grain could lead to which allergic condition?
7. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer associated almost exclusively with exposure to which substance?
8. Around how many alveoli (tiny air sacs) will you find in one human lung?
9. Which substance is NOT classed as a cause of occupational asthma?
10. A simple one to finish: which number is higher?

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