ABIH® Advocates Respirable Hazard Recognition during Lung Cancer Awareness Month


Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to address respirable hazards in the workplace.

Lansing, MI -- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States and many parts of the world, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.  It is also the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 221,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the United States this year and over 158,000 deaths.

Tragically, many people do not know they have developed lung cancer until the late stages of the condition. Although smoking remains the number one cause of lung cancer, there are also a number of indoor air quality and industrial contaminants that are known carcinogens.  They include radon that is a leading cause of lung cancer and is believed to result in an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.  Exposure to silica particulates results in silicosis and has been linked to lung cancer as well as asbestos which can also result in lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.  In addition, workers in some professions are potentially exposed to a variety of respirable dusts and aerosols that can cause lung cancer or other respiratory diseases.

“Lung cancer and lung diseases due to occupational exposure to respirable hazards is preventable,” said Susan Ripple, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “The industrial hygiene community and Certified Industrial Hygienists in particular are well versed in health risk analysis, hazard communication, community exposure, chemical hazards, engineering controls and ventilation, and air sampling and instrumentational analysis to identify, prevent and respond to many respirable pollutants that are known to cause lung cancer.  Their knowledge of radiation, chemical and biological pollutants affords them the ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control respirable hazards in the work environment.” 

To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.

About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®

Since 1960, ABIH®, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6800 people are certified to use the CIH® designation.

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