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What is an occupational disease? What are some typical examples?
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An occupation disease is a physical ailment resulting from the routine performance of one's professional responsibilities. Manufacturing jobs involving repetitive motion and excessive use of a computer keyboard are both common causes of occupational illnesses, although ones more associated with neurological and orthopedic injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. More serious occupation illness, more appropriately categorized as diseases, involve the ingestion of chemicals or other substances associated with one's line of work. For example, automotive brake specialists were frequently being diagnosed with asbestos-related respiratory diseases caused by constant inhalation of asbestos dust from brake pad linings. Another common occupational disease is the series of pulmonary illnesses caused by inhalation of coal dust and other carcinogenic substances by miners. Workers in manufacturing facilities are prone to illnesses caused by prolonged exposure to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Lead poisoning has affected employees responsible for working with that particular substance, and workers at nuclear power plants, and at nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities in the past were occasionally subjected to unhealthy doses of radiation that resulted in cancers. All of these are types of occupational diseases, and most can prove fatal.
Posted by kipling2448 on January 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)
An occupational disease is a condition caused by an individual's work environment. Sometimes they have fast onsets but generally they take time to develope.
Coal and iron workers commonly have black lung. Soldiers during the Vietnam war were exposed to agent orange and often got Leukemia later in life. High stress and suicide rates may also be considered occupational diseases even though they are not physical.
This is not to be confused with occupational hazards which deal more with injury than disease.
Posted by CaitlynnReeves on January 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM (Answer #2)
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Occupational disease is disease caused by the work or working conditions.
Examples of occupational diseases:
Posted by Yojana_Thapa on January 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM (Answer #3)
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