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Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Proposal to expand presumptive occupational disease

On Monday, February 1 at 1:30 pm, the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee will hear a proposal, HB 2806, that would expand presumptive occupational disease for firefighters in several ways. First, it would add public fire investigators and full-time emergency medical technicians to the presumptive occupational disease statutes for firefighters. Second, it would add several new diseases including:

  • A stroke experienced within 24 hours of strenuous physical exertion or within 72 hours of exposure to smoke, fumes, or toxic substances;
  • Eight new cancers, including stomach and breast; and
  • Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureusto (MRSA).

AWC opposes adding new diseases due to the potential for increased costs and the lack of scientific evidence tying these diseases to the occupation.