List of Occupational and Compensable Diseases
1. Cancer of the epithelial lining of the bladder. (Papilloma o the bladder). Work involving exposure to alphanaphthylamine, beta-naphthylamin or benzidine or any part of the salts; and auramine or magenta.
2. Cancer, epithellomatous or ulceration of the skin or of the corneal surface of the eye due to tar, pitch, bitumen, mineral oil or paraffin, or any compound product or residue of any of these substances. The use of handling of, or exposure to tar; pitch, bitumen, mineral oil (including paraffin) soot or any compound product or residue of any of these substances.
3. Cataract produced by exposure to the glare of, or rays from molten glass or molten or red hot metal. Frequent and prolonged exposure to the glare of or rays from molten glass or red hot metal.
4. Deafness. Any industrial operation having excessive noise particularly in the higher frequencies.
5. Decompression sickness. Any process carried on in compressed or rarefied air.
(a) Caissons disease
(b) Aeroembolism Any process carried on in rarefied air.
6. Dermatitis due to irritants and sensitizers. The use or handling of chemical agents which are skin irritants and sensitizers.
(a) Anthrax - Work in connection with animals infected with anthrax, handling of animal carcasses or parts of such carcasses including hides, hoofs, and horns.
(b) Brucellosis - Any occupation involving handling of contaminated food and drink particularly milk, butter and cheese of infected goats and cows.
(c) Glanders - Any occupation involving rabid dogs, or equine animals or carcasses.
(d) Rabies - Any occupation involving rabid dogs.
(e) Tuberculosis - Any occupation involving close and frequent contact with a source or sources of tuberculosis infection by reason of employment: (a) in the medical treatment or nursing of a person or persons suffering from tuberculosis, (b) as a laboratory worker, pathologists or post-mortem worker, where occupation involves working with material which is a source of tuberculosis infection.
(f) Tularemia - Any occupation involving handling of rabbits, ground squirrels, mice or other rodents.
(g) Weill's disease - Any occupation involving handling of rats, mice, swine and dogs.
(h) Q. Fever or equine encephalomyelitis - Any occupation, involving handling of horses, cattle and sheep, or their slaughter and meat packing.
(I) Mite dermatitis - Any occupation involving handling of owls or pigeons.
8. Ionizing radiation disease, inflammation, ulceration or malignant disease of skin or subcutaneous tissues of the bones or leukemia, or anemia of the aplastic type due to x-rays, ionizing particle, radium or other radioactive substances. Exposure to X-rays, ionizing particles of radium or other radioactive substances or other forms of radiant energy.
(a) Acute radiation syndrome - Short duration of exposure to large doses of X-rays, gamma rays, alpha rays and beta rays.
(b) Chronic radiation syndrome - Chronic over-exposure to X-rays with a long latent period affecting the skin, blood and reproductive organ.
(c) Glass Blower’s cataract - Among furnace men, glass blowers, baker, blacksmith, foundry workers. These are workers exposed to infrared rays.
9. Poisoning and its sequelae caused by:
(a) Ammoni - All work involving exposure of the risk concerned.
(b) Arsenic or its toxic compound - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(c) Benzene or its toxic homologues, nitro and aminotoxic derivatives of benzene or its homologue - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(d) Beryllium or its toxic compounds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(e) Brass, zinc or nickel - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(f) Carbon dioxide - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(g) Carbon bisulfide - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(h) Carbon monoxide - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(I) Chlorine - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(j) Chrome or its toxic compunds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(k) Dimitrophenol or its homologue - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(l) Halogen derivatives of hydrocarbo of the aliphatic series - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(m) Lead or its toxic compounds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(n) Manganese or its toxic compounds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(o) Mercury or its toxic compounds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(p) Nitrous fumes - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(q) Phosgene - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(r) Phosphorus or its toxic compounds - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(s) Sulfur dioxide - All work involving exposure to the risk concerned.
(a) Coal miner's - Exposure to coal dust.
(b) Bysinosis - Exposure to cotton dust causing weaver’s cough or mill fever.
(c) Bagassosis - Exposure to sugar cane dust.
(d) Psittacosis - Any occupation involving handling of parrots, parakeets and other species of birds.
11. Diseases caused by abnormalities in temperature and humidity. Any occupation involving exposure to excessive heat or cold.
(a) Heat stroke/cramps/exhaustion - Any occupation involving exposure to excessive heat.
(b) Chilblain/frostbite/freezing - Any occupation involving exposure to excessive cold.
(c) Immersion foot/general hypothermia - Any occupation involving exposure to excessive cold.
12. Vascular disturbance in the upper extremities due to continuous vibration from pneumatic tools or power drills, riveting machines or hammers. Any occupation causing repeated motions, vibrations and pressure of upper extremities.
13. Viral Hepatitis* - Among workers in close and frequent contact with (a) human blood products and with (b) a source of viral hepatitis by reason of employment in the medical treatment or nursing of a person or persons suffering from viral hepatitis, or in a service ancillary to such treatment or nursing.
14. Poisoning by cadmium* - Among workers in battery factories, who are exposed to cadmium fumes.
15. Leukemia and lymphoma* - Among operating room personnel due to exposure to anesthetics.
16. Cancer of stomach and other lymphatic and blood forming vessels; nasal cavity and sinuses.* - Among woodworkers, wood products industry carpenters, loggers and employees in pulp and paper mills and plywood mills.
17. Cancer of the lungs, liver and brain* - Among vinyl chloride workers, plastic workers.
18. Cardio-Vascular Diseases. ** Any of the following conditions
a. If the heart disease was known to have been present during employment, there must be proof that an acute exacerbation was clearly precipitated by the unusual strain by reasons of the nature of his/her/her work.
* The strain of work that brings about an cute attack must be of sufficient severity and must be followed within 24 hours by the clinical signs of a cardiac insult to constitute causal relationship.
* If a person who was apparently asymptomatic before being subjected to strain at work showed signs and symptoms of cardiac injury during the performance of his/her/her work and such symptoms and signs persisted, it is reasonable to claim a causal relationship.
19. Cerebro– Vascular Accidents.** All of the following conditions
1. There must be a his/hertory, which should be proved, or trauma at work (to the head specially) due to unusual and extraordinary physical or mental strain or event, or undue exposure to noxious gases in industry.
2. There must be a direct connection between the trauma or exertion in the course of the employment and the worker’s collapse.
3. If the trauma or exertion then and there caused a brain hemorrhage, the injury may be considered as arising from work.
20. Malaria and Schistosomiasis.** All of the following conditions
1. Through the knowledge of the respective incubation periods of the different types of the diseases, the physician determining the causal relationship between the employment and the illness or malaria or schis/hertosomiasis should be able to tell whether the disease of the afflicted employee manifested itself while he/she was so employed.
2. Compensability should be based on the principle of greater risk of acquiring the disease in the place of work than in the place of usual residence of the afflicted worker.
3. The place of work of employment has to be verified as a malarial or schis/hertosomal work area.
21. Pneumonia.** All of the following conditions
1. There must be an honest and definite his/hertory of wetting and chilling during the course of employment and also, of injury to the chest wall with or without rib fracture, or substances in the place of work.
2. There must be direct connection between the offending agent or event and the worker’s illness.
3. The signs of consolidation should appear soon ( within a few hours) and the symptoms of initial chilling and fever should at least be 24 hours after injury or exposure.
4. The patient must manifest any of the following symptoms within a few days of the accident: (1) severe chill and fever; (2) headache and pain, agonizing in character, in the side of the body; (3) short, dry, painful cough with blood – tinged expectoration; and (4) physical signs of consolidation, with fine rales.
22. Hernia.** All of the following conditions
1. The hernia should be of recent origin.
2. Its appearance was accompanied by pain, discoloration and evidence of a tearing of the tissues.
3. The disease was immediately preceded by undue or severe strain arising out of and in the course of employment.
4. A protrusion of mass should appear in the area immediately following the alleged strain.
23. Bronchial Asthma.** All of the following conditions
1. There is no evidence of his/hertory of asthma before employment.
2. The allergen is present in the working environment.
3. Sensitivity test to allergens in the working environment should yield positive results.
4. A provocative test should show positive results.
Any occupation involving: (a) joint strain from carrying heavy loads, or unduly heavy physical labor, as among laborers and mechanics; (b) minor or major injuries to the joint; (c) excessive use or constant strenuous usage of a particular joint, as among sportsmen, particularly those who have engaged in the more active sports activities; (d) extreme temperature changes (humidity, heat and cold exposures); and (e) faulty work posture or use of vibratory tools.
25. Viral Encephalitis.***
Any occupation involving: (a) contact with an infected person, as in areas of poor sanitation, with high density of schoolchildren, who are the most frequent virus spreaders; (b) rural exposure, primarily in picnics, camping activities, fishing or hunting in, or adjacent to, woods or subtropical vegetations, or as among agricultural or forest workers; and (c) contact with other sources of infection, such as birds and animals, as among veterinarians and abattoir workers.
26. Peptic ulcer.***
Any occupation involving prolonged emotional, or physical stress, as among professional people, transport workers and the like.
27. Pulmonary Tuberculosis.***
In addition to working conditions already listed under P.D. 626, as amended, any occupation involving constant exposure to harmful substances in the working environment, in the form of gases, fumes, vapors and dust, as in chemical and textile factories; overwork or fatigue; and exposure to rapid variations in temperature, high degrees of humidity and bad weather conditions.
28. Viral Hepatitis.***
In addition to working conditions already listed under P.D. 626, as amended, any occupation involving: exposure to a source of infection through ingestion of water, milk, or other foods contaminated with hepatitis virus; Provided that the physician determining the causal relationship between the employment and the illness should be able to indicate whether the disease of the afflicted worker manifested itself while he/she was so employed, knowing the incubation period thereof.
29. Essential Hypertension.****
Hypertension classified as primary or essential is considered compensable if it causes impairment of function of body organs like kidneys, heart, eyes and brain, resulting in permanent disability; Provided that, the following documents substantiate it: (a) chest X-ray report, (b) ECG report (c) blood chemistry report, (d) funduscopy report, and (e) C-T scan.
30. Asbestosis***** All of the following conditions
1. The employee must have been exposed to Asbestos dust in the work place, as duly certified to by the employer, or by a medical institution or competent medical practitioner acceptable to, or accredited by the System;
2. The chest X-ray report of the employee must show findings of asbestos, or asbestos related disease, E.G., pleural plaques, pleural; thickening, effusion, neoplasm and interstitial fibrosis; and
3. In case the ailment is discovered after the employees’ retirement/separation from the service, the claim thereof must be filed with the System within three (3) years from discovery.
* Approved under ECC Resolution No. 247-A, Dated April 13, 1977.
** Approved under Resolution No. 432, Dated July 20, 1977. Although not considered occupational
diseases, they are nevertheless work-related and thus compensable too.
*** Approved under ECC Resolution No. 1676, Dated January 29, 1981.
**** Approved under ECC Resolution No. 92-07-0031, Dated July 8, 1992
***** Approved under ECC Resolution No. 96-08-0372, Dated August 1, 1996