How to Protect Yourself From Respiratory Hazards

This 2 minute safety training video covers: What is the natural defense of the body, what is cilia and mucus, what does mucus and cilia do in airway passage, what are some of the dangerous substances that can damage body organs, how to be combat ready against respiratory hazards, how engineering and environmental controls can help reduce airborne contaminants.

Video Transcript

Each of us takes in approximately 20,000 breaths every day, as human beings we rely on the steady supply of clean oxygen rich air to stay alive. Sometimes however, employees must work on areas where surrounding atmosphere may contain breathing hazards. Environments with low oxygen levels can cause serious risk to workers so can air contaminants like toxic dusts, mists, vapors or airborne pathogens. When the worker does not take precautions against these hazards acute or chronic illnesses involving the respiratory and cardiovascular system can developed. How widespread is the problem? According to the American association in the United States occupational lung disease is the number one work related illness. When air is inhale that contains toxic gases or tiny particles, these airborne hazards can travel down to the delicate tissues of the lungs causing permanent damage and aggregating breathing problems like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.