Occupational Hazard Law and Legal Definition
Occupational hazard is a danger that's inherent in a particular work requirement or environment. It is a job which entails a greater risk than that to the population at large, such as a risk of illness from exposure to toxic materials, mining disters, etc.
Occupational hazards are regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). OSHA defines an occupational illness as, "any abnormal condition or disorder, other than one resulting from an occupational injury, caused by exposure to factors associated with employment." Some of the common types of occupational illnesses include asthma and other respiratory problems, pesticide poisoning, and lead poisoning.