Dust disease refers to the number of chronic lung diseases that are caused by inhaling certain dust particles. Not all dust is harmful, but it’s important to know what kinds of dust can have an impact on your health.
Harmful dust particles include:
- Hard metals, e.g. tungsten, cobalt, aluminium, & beryllium
- Bagasse – the dry pulp left over after processing sugar cane
- Mouldy hay
- Cutting, sanding, drilling or grinding dust
If you are concerned about your health, dust disease is detected through respiratory medical tests. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or abnormal breathing;
- Chest pain; and
- Mucus in your airways.
There are legal options for dust disease suffers. Those affected during the course of their work can make a claim through Workers Compensation paths, while members of the public can use Public Liability laws to claim compensation to help them with the medical care they need.
Written by Shine Lawyers on February 25, 2016. Last modified: September 6, 2018.