Farmers Lung (HSE AS5)

What the law says

All employers, self-employed and employees have certain duties and responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), employers and the self-employed are required to make an assessment of the risk to health from the work activity, to introduce and maintain control measures and to inform, instruct and train employees about the risk and precautions to be taken.

If you employ people who are regularly exposed to dust, COSHH would normally require that you ask if they have any symptoms of respiratory illness and that you make sure you know the reason for any absence from work. If employees suffer from respiratory illness you will need to prevent further exposure by changing work methods or otherwise improving control measures.

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