Pulmonary emphysema recognised as an occupational disease

The emphysema is a chronic illness  : the lung is distended, it loses its elasticity because of alveoli retention.  For some professionnal exposures, pulmonary emphysema might be recognised as occupational disease.

All the tables of occupational diseases

Table # 44

  • Inorganic dusts or fumes containing iron or iron oxides  particles.
  • The emphysema can be associated with a siderosis.
  • Time limit compensation claim is  : 35 years.
  • Duration of the exposure : 10 years.

Table# 44 BIS

  • Work in the iron mines.
  • To be recognised as occupational disease signs must be seen from the scan, spirometry must reflect bronchial obtsruction  and anatomopathological signs are necessary : iron particles in samples of lung to show that emphysema is real.
  • Time limit compensation claim is : 15 years.
  • Duration of the exposure : 10 years.

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