They may be small and at times invisible, but airborne contaminants can be deadly.
Fumes, dusts and other inhalable toxins can cause asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asbestosis and cancers of the respiratory system, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Some of these conditions have swift consequences, while others have long latency periods.
Occupations with the highest likelihoods of exposure to airborne hazards include technicians, trades workers and machine operators.
The research data reveals 23% of Australian workers who reported exposure to airborne hazards were not supplied with controls for the conditions.
Companies that fail to comply with set exposure limits can be hit with hefty fines.