J Korean Med Sci.  2014 Jun;29(Suppl):S52-S58. 10.3346/jkms.2014.29.S.S52.

Compensation for Occupational Skin Diseases

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. oemsong@chosun.ac.kr
  • 2Teo Center of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Changwon, Korea.

Abstract

The Korean list of occupational skin diseases was amended in July 2013. The past list was constructed according to the causative agent and the target organ, and the items of that list had not been reviewed for a long period. The revised list was reconstructed to include diseases classified by the International Classification of Diseases (10th version). Therefore, the items of compensable occupational skin diseases in the amended list in Korea comprise contact dermatitis; chemical burns; Stevens-Johnson syndrome; tar-related skin diseases; infectious skin diseases; skin injury-induced cellulitis; and skin conditions resulting from physical factors such as heat, cold, sun exposure, and ionized radiation. This list will be more practical and convenient for physicians and workers because it follows a disease-based approach. The revised list is in accordance with the International Labor Organization list and is refined according to Korean worker's compensation and the actual occurrence of occupational skin diseases. However, this revised list does not perfectly reflect the actual status of skin diseases because of the few cases of occupational skin diseases, incomplete statistics of skin diseases, and insufficient scientific evidence. Thus, the list of occupational diseases should be modified periodically on the basis of recent evidence and statistics.

Keyword

Workers' Compensation; Dermatitis, Occupational; Korea
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