When a young person shows up in the GP with chest pain or breathing difficulties, this can be the most important question the doctor can ask.
If they are stonecutters or bricklayers, or work in demolition, mining, sandblasting or construction, they may have caused an incurable condition by material that is so dangerous that it is called "the new asbestos".
Health experts have warned of an alarming peak in the case of silicosis in the Aussie traditions, which are believed to be related to cut-manipulated or artificial stone products used for making kitchen tables.
Silicosis is a progressive, irreversible lung disease caused by prolonged exposure to silica dust, which can develop over 10 to 30 years. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough, fever, cyanosis (bluish skin) and frequent infections of the breast, which can eventually lead to lung transplants and even death.
"We encourage doctors to ask & # 39; What do you do for a job? & # 39;" Shine Lawyers, dust disease expert Roger Singh, said in a statement.
"Young men who show up at the doctor's office with persistent breast infections or ongoing breathing difficulties may be exposed to dust in the workplace and may be in the early stages of silicosis, and we know that early detection is the key to better result. "
The law firm says it has heard a number of stories over the past few months suggesting that doctors are insufficiently trained in diagnosing silicosis, so it may take months for traditions to come to the right specialists.
A tradie even said that the doctors in the hospital had not yet heard of silicosis. It is not surprising, considering it is considered an "old" disease and silicosis deaths have dropped globally.
"We do not criticize doctors at all, this is a disease that has been in decline worldwide and is now seeing a resurgence in certain professions such as stonemasonry," Singh said.
"It's not something that many current or recently qualified doctors have seen in their careers, and it's not always the easiest of diseases to identify, so it's important that those on the medical frontline ask questions about occupation.
"If your patient has breathing difficulties and they have worked in one of these jobs, you should refer them to specialists to check for silicosis, it can speed up the diagnosis process, and then a care plan can be put together more quickly."
Shine, which speaks with at least half a dozen Aussie traditions affected by silicosis, has called for an urgent Australian ban on dry cutting techniques in workshops, along with stricter penalties for possible violations by companies.
They are inviting employees who have been exposed to silica dust in the workplace or who have been diagnosed with the disease to enter their data into the Silicosis Exposure Register in order to find possible compensation.
"We are making good progress with our calls to ban dry stone cutting in Australia," Singh said.
"We have now met with the Queensland and NSW Ministers and have agreed to meet in the ACT and Victoria Shine Lawyers are determined to ban dry sawing We are shocked by the number of calls we have received and we want this dangerous practice to be stopped. "
Last month the stonemason of Gold Coast, Andrew White, called for urgent action. The 36-year-old processed and carved artificial stone products for a decade before they became ill.
"I want to make sure that nobody else has to endure this," he said.
"It was absolutely terrible for me and my family who should have seen me sick and sick, wearing protective clothing was not checked at one of my workplaces.
"There was so much dust flowing around, you could feel the grit on your teeth and taste the dust in your mouth, but I did not think it was a problem, I had no idea that it could make you so ill.
"I would like rules to be enforced so that no one dries it in any place in Australia, it is dangerous and puts lives at risk."