Index of 53 Occupational Diseases


Caused by Workplace Chemical and Biological Agents

Airway Diseases

1.  Occupational Asthma
2.  Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Haz-Map Chronic Bronchitis
3.  Irritant-Induced Asthma (or "RADS" for Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome)
Medscape: Irritant-Induced Asthma
4.  Byssinosis
OSHA: Cotton Dust
Medical College of Wisconsin: Byssinosis
5.  Vocal cord dysfunction, irritant-associated
6.  Bronchiolitis obliterans
7. Occupational Rhinitis

Skin Diseases

8.  Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD)
CCOHS: Irritant Contact Dermatitis
9.  Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD)
10.  Contact Urticaria
11.  Photo-Allergic & Photo-Irritant Contact Dermatitis (PACD & PICD)
ATSDR: Creosote
12. Oil Acne & Chloracne
CCOHS: Occupational Acne

Interstitial Lung Diseases

NIOSH: Pneumonicoses
National Jewish Medical & Research Center: Interstitial Lung Diseases
13. Silicosis
OSHA: Silica
NIOSH: Worker Exposure to Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing
14. Asbestosis
OSHA: Asbestos
15. Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP)
NIOSH: Occupational Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust
16. Pneumoconioses, Other
17. Pneumoconioses, Benign
Chronic exposure to radiopaque iron oxide, tin, and barium can cause opacities visible on the chest x-ray without any apparent symptoms or detectable changes in pulmonary function.
18. Hard Metal Disease
PubMed Abstracts on Hard Metal Disease
19. Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD)
National Jewish Medical & Research Center: Chronic Beryllium Disease
PubMed Abstracts on CBD
20. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP)

Other Chronic Conditions

21. Occupational Bone Diseases
Osteonecrosis (decompression), acro-osteolysis (vinyl chloride), osteomalacia (cadmium) & skeletal fluorosis (fluorides);
PubMed Abstract: Occupational fluorosis through 50 years: clinical and epidemiological experiences
22. Occupational Eye Diseases
Includes "Cataract, chemical or radiation induced";
23. Reproductive Hazards
Birth Defects, Female Infertiltiy, Male Infertility, and Spontaneous Abortions
NIOSH: Reproductive Health
OSHA: Reproductive Hazards
24. Chronic Toxic Encephalopathy
PubMed Abstract: Neurotoxic syndromes and occupational exposure to solvents
25. Peripheral Neuropathy
C: Carbon Disulfide
L: Lead
A: Arsenic, Acrylamide Exposure During Chemical Grouting Operations
M: Mercury
N: N-hexane
O: Organophosphates
T: Thallium
E: Ethylene Oxide is used for cold sterilization of surgical supplies in hospitals; a carcinogen, it is acutely toxic to the lung and peripheral nervous system.
26. Aplastic Anemia
OSHA: Benzene
ATSDR: Benzene
27. Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Secondary
CCOHS: Raynaud's Phenomenon
28. Parkinson’s Disease, Secondary
ATSDR: Carbon Disulfide
PubMed Abstracts on Manganese Poisoning
29. Chronic Renal Disease
After Acute Tubular Necrosis (caused by numerous agents);
Chronic Tubulointerstitial nephropathy (caused by lead, cadmium, and beryllium)
Nephrotic Syndrome (caused by mercury)

Metal Poisoning

30. Manganese Poisoning
International Chemical Safety Cards: Manganese
PubMed Abstracts on Manganese Poisoning
31. Mercury Poisoning
ATSDR: Mercury
32. Chromium Poisoning
ATSDR: Chromium
33. Cadmium Poisoning
ATSDR: Cadmium
OSHA: Cadmium
34. Lead Poisoning
35. Arsenic Poisoning
OSHA: Arsenic
ATSDR: Arsenic

Acute Injury by Inhalation or Dermal Absorption

OSHA: Confined Space Hazards
36. Toxic Pneumonitis
Water soluble irritant inhalants include ammonia, bromine, chlorine, diborane, hydrogen fluoride and sulfur dioxide. Less soluble in water are nitrogen dioxide, phosgene and ozone. These three agents cause less injury to the upper airways, and are more likely to damage deep lung tissue and produce delayed pulmonary edema.
37. Chemical Asphyxiation
ATSDR: Cyanide
NIOSH: Hydrogen Sulfide
38. Simple Asphyxiation
39. Organochlorine Poisoning
NPTN: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
40. Acute Toxic Encephalopathy
 Caused by organic metal compounds (lead, mercury, tin, manganese, and nickel) and other compounds that are not classified as solvents, asphyxiants, fumigants, or insecticides, eg., hydrazine, decaborane, and nitromethane;
41. Hemolytic Anemia
NIOSH: Arsine Poisoning in the Workplace
IRIS: Arsine
42. Acute Solvent Syndrome
OSHA: Solvents
OSHA: Styrene
43. Poisoning by Fumigants
NPTN: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
44. Toxic Hepatitis
45. Methemoglobinemia (MetHgb)
46. Inhalation Fever (IF)
47. Organophosphate (OP) Poisoning
NPTN: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
ATSDR: Methyl Parathion
48. Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Poisoning
ATSDR: Pentachlorophenol
PubMed: Human pentachlorophenol poisoning
NPTN: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
49. Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) Poisoning
ATSDR Medical Management: Hydrogen fluoride
50. Acute Radiation Syndrome
Radiation Event Medical Management
51. Acute Tubular Necrosis

Occupational Infections

52. Infectious Diseases

Occupational Cancer

53. Occupational Cancer
BC Cancer Agency: Lung Cancer
ATSDR: Vinyl Chloride
OSHA: Asphalt Fumes
ATSDR: Benzidine
OSHA: Carcinogens
BC Cancer Agency: Bladder Cancer

 Revised November 23, 2014

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