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A STUDY assessing the lung health of Western Australian miners has found that being exposed to concentrations of dust and gases at levels well within existing occupational standards can still impact lung health, with researchers finding an increased annual decline in lung function in miners compared to the general population.

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The findings have experts worried and have led to calls for careful, ongoing assessment, as occupational lung diseases are known to take decades to develop fully.