Many occupational diseases or illnesses result from exposure to substances or other elements in the workplace that are clearly hazardous to human health. Lung diseases, cancer and blood diseases, for example, are among the byproducts of exposure to toxic chemicals. All too often, workers appear healthy before symptoms appear.
Minnesota workers should also note that workplace illness is not limited to diseases caused by chemicals. In fact, both depression and hearing loss are considered workplace illnesses in Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States.