List of occupational diseases adjudicated in the Occupational Disease and Survivor Benefits Program

Allergic reactions Allergy provoking substances e.g bee stings

Caisson’s disease

(decompression illness)

Adverse effects related to commercial diving and compressed air work
Cancer (neoplasms) All cancers/malignancies
Cardiac & acute vascular events

Myocardial infarction (heart attack); stroke; aneurysm (blood clot); angina (chest pains); mitral valve



All dermatitis claims, including latex sensitization and chemical burns


Environmental sensitivity


Any of following: environmental hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, 20th century disease, sick building syndrome, odour intolerance e.g. perfume, mould exposure
Food poisoning/ingestion injuries All food poisoning related illnesses e.g salmonella.  Any ingestion of a chemical with toxic or corrosive properties
Hand arm vibration syndrome (havs) Also known as vibration induced white finger disease (VIWFD) or Raynaud’s.   
Communicable/ infectious illness All infectious diseases, including:  hepatitis, scabies, shingles, TB, histoplasmosis,  Legionnaires Disease, Lyme Disease, rabies, H1N1, SARS, etc.
Needlestick injuries & blood bourne  pathogens Contact with blood or other bodily fluids via needlestick, transfusion during surgery for compensable injury, etc., involving risk for infectious diseases such as AIDS/HIV, hepatitis
Nervous system disorder 

- nausea, vomiting, syncope (fainting)

- polyneuropathies (e.g. loss of feeling in hands, feet, etc.)

- solvent induced neurotoxicity e.g. painter’s syndrome

Noise induced hearing loss All occupational noise induced  hearing loss except claims for deafness resulting from traumatic / sudden event  (e.g. explosion)

Asbestosis, silicosis, talcosis (exposure to talc)


Reproductive disorders

Resulting from occupational exposures

Therapeutic abortion or miscarriage in women; impotence or sterility in men
Respiratory disorders related  to acute or chronic workplace exposures

-Asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis, fibrosis, alveolitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, emphysema

-COPD (chronic obstructive Pulmonary disease,  also called chronic obstructive lung disease)

-Second hand smoke induced complaints

-Metal fumes or  chemicals: lead, cadmium, ethylene oxide, PCB’s, vinyl chloride, aluminium, mercury, benzene, acrylonitrile, arsenic, isocynates, platinum, coke oven emissions

-Radiation (ionizing and non-ionizing)

-Noxious gases: sulphur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia, etc.

Scleroderma - silica and solvent exposure

*In addition, all fatalities are adjudicated in Occupational Disease & Survivor Benefits Program.