One of a number of occupational diseases for which benefits are payable. These diseases arise as a result of employment requiring close contact with a hazardous substance or circumstance. Prescribed diseases are categorized by cause: physical, biological, chemical, or other. Examples include poisoning by such chemicals as mercury or benzene, decompression sickness in divers, and infections such as anthrax in those handling wool. Some diseases that occur widely in the population may be prescribed in relation to a specific occupation (e.g. deafness in those working with pneumatic drills or tuberculosis in mortuary attendants). See also coshh.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.