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occupational illness

Any acute or chronic disorder associated with or caused by an individual's occupation.
See: table; chronic lead poisoning
ConditionExposed Workers
AnemiaLead (battery reclaimers, shipyard workers)
AsbestosisShipyard workers and others exposed to asbestos fibers
AsthmaMeat wrappers, woodworkers, those exposed to platinum, nickel, solder, ammonia, cotton dust, formaldehyde, pesticides
ByssinosisCotton textile workers
CancerPeople who work with radioactive materials (health care, lab workers), x-ray workers (industrial and health care), miners
Carpal tunnel syndromeTypists, computer programmers, and other people who work with their hands
Contact dermatitisHealth care workers using latex gloves, and florists
Decompression sicknessDivers, marine salvage workers
Hearing impairmentPeople who work in noisy environments without adequate ear protection
LeptospirosisVeterinarians
PneumoconiosisCoal miners
PneumonitisWood workers (esp. red cedar), mushroom growers, cheese handlers, and farmers
SilicosisMiners, foundry workers
Skin granulomasBeryllium workers (e.g., in auto or aircraft industries)
Tennis or golfer's elbowCarpenters, plumbers, and athletes
Vibration syndrome, including Raynaud's phenomenonTruck drivers, hand-vibrating drill operators, jackhammer workers
SOURCE: Starkey, C, Brown, S, and Ryan, J: Examination of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries, ed 3, FA Davis, Philadelphia, 2010. *As determined by the rectal temperature ** Within normal limits for an exercising athlete
Evaluation FindingHeat CrampsHeat SyncopeHeat ExhaustionHeat Stroke
Hydration StatusDehydratedDehydratedDehydratedDehydrated
Core Temperature*Within normal limits**Within normal limits102° – 104°F (38.9° – 40°C)Greater than 104°F (40°C)
Skin Color and TemperatureWithin normal limitsWithin normal limitsCool/clammyHot
PaleRed
PulseWithin normal limitsDecreasedRapid and weakIncreased
Blood PressureWithin normal limitsA sudden, imperceptible drop in blood pressure, which rapidly returns to normalLowHigh
RespirationWithin normal limitsWithin normal limitsHyperventilationRapid hyperventilation
Mental StateWithin normal limitsFatigueDizzinessDizziness
Possible fatigueDizzinessFatigueDrowsiness
FaintingSlight confusionConfusion/ disorientation
Emotional instability
Violent Behavoir
Neuromuscular ChangesCramping in one or more musclesMuscle crampsWeakness
WeaknessDecerebrate posture
Gastrointestinal and Urinary ChangesIntestinal CrampingNausea
NauseaVomiting
VomitingDiarrhea
Diarrhea
Decreased Urinary output
Central Nervous SystemSyncopeHeadache
HeadacheUnconsciousness
Seizures
Coma
Other FindingsThirst“Tunnel vision” may be reportedThirstDilated pupils
Loss of appetite (anorexia)
Chills
See also: illness
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About 23% of construction companies do not carry out workplace risk assessment, thus increasing a possibility for an accident or an occupational illness to occur.
Class B--Property damage is $200,000 or more but less than $1,000,000; an injury or occupational illness results in permanent partial disability; five or more personnel are hospitalized as inpatients as a result of a single accident.
But sometimes, stress rises to the level of an occupational illness.
If there's no OHC, an employer would send the employee off-site where the referral would automatically be treated as an occupational illness or injury, and there would be little or no verification.
Protecting youth from occupational illness and injury may not get the same media attention as campaigns against drunk driving, Joe Camel cigarette ads, drug abuse or gang violence, but it's one of the most important responsibilities a vocational educator has.
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We began turning things around by expanding our project focus to include all aspects of managing occupational illness and injury: risk financing, loss prevention, claims and medical management, employee involvement and communication, and process management.
Repetitive stress -- brought on by small, rapid movements repeated over and over -- is the fastest-growing source of occupational illness, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Share information and practices on prevention of occupational illness including how to engage workers, gain their meaningful participation and provide them with necessary knowledge, skills and equipment to safely work with chemicals.
A heart attack could be an "occupational illness," but to be reported within 15 minutes of occurrence, "an occupational illness is conspicuously absent from the immediate notification provisions in [section]50.
Horton defends railroad clients in occupational illness litigation.

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