Common Occupational Diseases That You Should Be Aware Of

According to Dictionary.com, an occupational disease is a disease caused by the conditions or hazards of a particular occupation.

Some of the most common occupational diseases are:

Respiratory Conditions 

Respiratory issues are caused by chemicals, vapors, dust, fumes, and biological agents. These conditions include asbestos, farmers lung, occupational asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and tuberculosis.

Skin Disorders and Diseases

There are a variety of skin conditions that can arise due to exposure to chemicals in the workplace, and they are caused when the immune system creates an allergic reaction that affects the skin or when direct contact with a chemical harms the skin’s outer layer. These conditions include contact dermatitis, friction blisters, eczema, and inflammation of the skin.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss or Tinnitus

Those who are employed in a loud environment are at an increased risk for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or noise induced hearing loss.

Stress-related Conditions 

Workers who have a job that includes high emotional or psychological demands are at a greater risk for stress-related conditions. These include emotional issues as well as physical problems such as coronary artery disease, and over the last several years, stress-related conditions caused by job duties have steadily been on the rise.

Poisoning

When the skin absorbs a toxic substance or such substance is ingested, poisoning is likely to occur. Examples include arsenic, mercury, lead, and insecticide sprays.

If you’ve suffered an occupational disease, please contact us. As New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys, we may be able to help.