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A number of countries have a list of occupational disorders for use in workers' compensation
processes and decisions. These lists have two potential uses � to formally recognise that a disorder may be related to work
(and so be potentially compensable), or to formally identify disorders that are likely to be related to work and so can be
considered to have arisen from work if sufficient relevant exposure can be confirmed. However, many of these lists have
The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the concepts and approaches that should be taken into account
when developing a list of occupational disorders that can be accepted for fast tracking of the compensation claim.
Results and Conclusions:
A list of occupational disorders to be used as a schedule for compensation purposes is best
based on a combination of specific disorder-exposure combinations, unless the number of potential exposures linked to a
particular disorder, or the number of disorders linked to a particular exposure, make it impractical to list them all. For inclusion
in a schedule it is desirable that there is strong evidence of causal link between the occupational exposure and the
disorder; there are clear and repeatable criteria for diagnosing the disorder; and the disorder comprises a considerable proportion
of the cases of that disorder in the overall population or an identifiable subset of the population.