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Don't bite the dust
Around 13,000 deaths every year from occupational lung disease and cancer.
Construction dust can cause irreparable damage to lungs and airways.
Over 500 deaths every year from exposure to silica dust.
Around 4,000 deaths every year from COPD due to past workplace exposures.

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Tony Ryan is an experienced carpenter who suffers from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as a result of his work related activities. Tony has been working in the building industry for over 50 years but it wasn't until relatively recently – around 7 years ago – that he became aware of his breathing problems.

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Don't bite the dust!
View and download the Don't bite the dust posters
Please download and print the posters above. Placing them in and around your workplace will help raise awareness about protecting against occupational respiratory diseases such as COPD. With around 13,000 deaths a year in the UK attributed to occupational lung disease and cancer we should take care to look after ourselves and others to combat these illnesses.

For help and advice with respiratory protection you can email and one of our BSIF Fit2Fit accredited technical team will be happy to help.

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