occupational disease

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Disease that can be demonstrated to be attributable to an agent that was encountered in the workplace, such as a chemical toxin present in the workplace environment. Such diseases and the agents that cause them can be classified as occupational in origin, and in many industrial nations some are notifiable to relevant health protection agencies, and the costs of treating them are covered by workers' compensation insurance. Notifiable occupational diseases vary with the jurisdiction. Lead poisoning, coal worker's pneumoconiosis, asbestos disease, and certain varieties of cancer are notifiable in some jurisdictions.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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