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Occupational Disease

Definition - What does Occupational Disease mean?

Occupational disease is a disease or disorder that is caused by exposure to health hazard(s) in a workplace or as a result of occupational activity. A disease or disorder is classified as an occupational disease when it is found to be more prevalent in individuals who are employed in a specific occupation than in the general population.

Justipedia explains Occupational Disease

Hazards or accidents that an individual faces at work that are traumatic in nature, such as explosions at a firecracker factory, are not considered occupational diseases. Some common occupational diseases include silicosis among miners, mesothelioma among workers exposed to asbestos, lead poisoning among workers in the battery-making industry, etc. Some industries that are considered to have a high risk of occupational disease are construction, health care, printing, mining, and hairdressing.

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