Our environment includes hazards that may affect our health. Smoke, chemicals, toxic minerals, viruses and other materials can impact on the quality of our air, food and water supply.
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Topic: Air borne risks
When asbestos fibres become airborne, people working with asbestos may inhale particles which remain in their lungs.
Asbestos fibres breathed into the lungs can cause a range of health problems including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Around 75 per cent of Melbourne’s air pollution is caused by vehicle emissions.
Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards
Being prepared for a bushfire helps you cope better in an emergency.
Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas, and may affect people's health.
Debris, smoke, ash and dead animals from a bushfire can contaminate water tanks.
Long-term exposure to asbestos is a cause of lung cancer and other serious illnesses.
Prolonged exposure to smog affects the lungs and reduces lung functioning.
The smoke from wood fires can affect air quality and may affect people's health.