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
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
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.