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The term pulmonary is used to refer to processes or conditions involving the lungs. For example, pulmonary edema is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the lungs.
Exposure to certain chemicals can result in irritation or damage to the respiratory system. Always read the Safety Data Sheet to determine the safe working limits (PEL and TWA values) and to see what kind of personal protective equipment (PPE) is suggested. Avoid exposure to dusts, fumes and vapors.
Respirators are pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that can help protect your respiratory system from exposure to hazardous chemicals. SDS's may call for such PPE if appropriate engineering controls such as fume hoods are not available; you will find this information in Section 8 (exposure controls/personal protection) of the sheet.
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See also: asthma, emphysema, respirator.
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