Occupational Disease

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Occupational Disease

A disease resulting from exposure during employment to conditions or substances that are detrimental to health (such as black lung disease contracted by miners).

An individual suffering from an occupational disease can seek compensation for his or her condition under Workers' Compensation statutes or such federal legislation as the Black Lung Benefits Act of 1972, 30 U.S.C.A. § 901 et seq. Worker's compensation statutes typically require that the worker contract the disease during the course of employment; that the disease be peculiar to the worker's job by virtue of how it is caused and manifested or how job conditions result in a particular hazard, unlike employment in general; and that there be a substantially greater risk of contracting the disease or condition on the job in a different, more serious manner, than in general public experiences.

occupational disease

n. an illness resulting from long-term employment in a particular type of work, such as black lung disease among miners, or cancer among asbestos installers. If the chances of being afflicted by such an illness are significantly higher than the average in the population then a former employee may receive benefits from Social Security or workmen's compensation for a work-related disability.

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Furthermore, the above mentioned specialists should ensure that for all the stages of building design and project development, principles of accident and occupational illness prevention as well as standard legal act requirements concerning worker health and safety are assessed.
Categories: Government Operations, Compensation, Cost analysis, Cost control, Eligibility determinations, Federal aid programs, Federal funds, Funds management, Hazardous substances, Health hazards, Program evaluation, Program inventories, Program management, Risk assessment, Risk management, Black Lung Program, Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, Radiation Exposure Compensation Program, Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
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Meanwhile, the majority of businesses are failing to deal with employee health issues as they arise, with only one in three companies offering training when it comes to dealing with occupational illness or managing absence.
Established new benefits under the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act to compensate energy employees for illnesses resulting from exposure to toxic substances at a Department of Energy facility; the provision would direct the Department of Labor to administer this new benefit program, which is intended to provide a simple, fair, and uniform workers compensation system
This work, which is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), supports energy workers' claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
While non-fatal injury and occupational illness rates have been falling in workplaces across Canada and the United States, rates in health care and the social services have been soaring (Boyd, 1995; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000).
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HHS recently issued two final rules under which the department will provide scientific expertise to assist decisionmaking under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000.
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 establishes a program to provide compensation to employees of the Department of Energy, its contractors and subcontractors, and companies that provided beryllium to the Department of Energy and nuclear weapons employers.
Bennefield says asbestos victims may have huge medical bills to pay in the future because Medicare is beginning to restrict coverage by categorizing asbestosis as an occupational illness.

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