Occupational Lung Disease Registry

An occupational lung disease is a lung disease that was caused by or aggravated by an exposure on the job. They are usually caused by repeated and long-term exposure to irritating or toxic substances. However, even a single, severe exposure to a hazardous substance can damage the lungs. Occupational lung diseases can also occur when an existing respiratory problem is made worse by certain job exposures.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) conducts surveillance of occupational lung diseases through the on-going collection of data on New York State workers who have been diagnosed with an occupational lung disease. This information is available because physicians and health facilities are required to report a person with clinical evidence of an occupational lung disease to the NYSDOH.

NYSDOH also provides information to workers regarding occupational lung diseases, including responses to frequently asked questions and resources on work-related asthma.

Occupational lung diseases are preventable. Industrial hygienists are experts who have a wide range of experience in helping employers, workers, clinicians, trade organizations, labor unions, local health agencies, and other organizations in the prevention of workplace hazards.

  • Industrial Hygiene Consultation Services
    Information on NYSDOH technical assistance to individuals and companies for controlling workplace hazards, as well as information on industry-wide research studies to identify and develop new and more cost-effective hazard control strategies.

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