An occupational disease is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 as being any condition or disorder that is abnormal for a worker that was caused by his or her exposure to chemicals, physical activities or other factors directly associated with the workplace. OSHA also goes on to make the distinction that this term is to be used in cases that are not related to an occupational injury, which is the result of a single incident of negligence and is therefore dealt with by other legal means. With both diseases and injuries, however, employers are often held financially responsible for the employee’s recovery.
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