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Occupational Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be caused by exposures at work. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. A variety of vapours, dusts, gases and fumes if exposed to at high levels over a long period of time may cause COPD.

Information for employees with COPD

Coping with COPD: Making the Return to Work

When suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), returning to work may be the furthest thing from your mind. Flare-ups and other symptoms may make a "normal" life seem almost impossible, but keeping your normal routine for as long as possible is something you should aim for. Click here to find out more.

Working with COPD

Once you've been diagnosed with COPD you may ask whether you can still work? The diagnosis of COPD can be a devastating condition having major  effects on your personal and social life, but if you are of working age then it can have an even greater impact on your job. Click here to find out more.

Tip for Workers with COPD or other breathing problems

Unless you have a lung disease, you may not notice all the little tasks around your office or workplace that can drain your energy. The stress and physical demands of commuting, carrying heavy books or papers, and sitting for hours at a desk or computer can all demand energy. Click here for tips on how to rethink your work.

HSE have produced specific guidance on Health Monitoring for COPD (G401).

A written case study describing the personal impact of occupational COPD can be accessed here.

Further information on easy steps to control health risks related to exposure can be found by visiting the COSHH Essentials website.

Do you know that benefits are available to those living with lung disease? Please click here for further information.

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