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HOUSE BILL NO. 225 – Occupational disease, hepatitus/TB


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H0225.......................................by COMMERCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES - Amends existing law to further define occupational
diseases relative to worker's compensation to include infectious hepatitis
viruses and tuberculosis.
02/14    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/15    Rpt prt - to Com/HuRes
03/02    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/05    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/06    3rd rdg - PASSED - 56-0-14
      AYES -- Barrett, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bolz, Bradford,
      Bruneel, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Denney, Ellis,
      Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(13), Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood,
      Henbest, Higgins, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Kellogg, Kendell, Lake,
      Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Mortensen, Moss, Moyle,
      Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Ridinger, Roberts, Robison, Sali,
      Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stone, Swan(Hansen),
      Tilman, Trail, Young
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Barraclough(Barraclough), Callister, Deal,
      Field(20), Gagner, Jones, Kunz, Langford, Montgomery, Raybould,
      Stevenson, Wheeler, Wood, Mr. Speaker.
    Floor Sponsor -- Henbest
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Com/HuRes
03/16    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/19    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/20    3rd rdg - PASSED - 35-0-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw,
      Cameron, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure,
      Geddes, Goedde, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lee,
      Lodge, Noh, Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sims, Sorensen,
      Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor -- Dunklin
    Title apvd - to House
03/21    To enrol
03/22    Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed - to Gov
03/28    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 212
         Effective: 07/01/01

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2001
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 225
  1                                        AN ACT
  6    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  7        SECTION  1.  That  Section  72-438, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
  8    amended to read as follows:
  9        72-438.  OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES. Compensation shall be payable for disabil-
 10    ity or death of an employee resulting from  the  following  occupational  dis-
 11    eases:
 12        (1)  Poisoning by lead, mercury, arsenic, zinc, or manganese, their prepa-
 13    rations  or  compounds  in  any occupation involving direct contact therewith,
 14    handling thereof, or exposure thereto.
 15        (2)  Carbon monoxide poisoning or chlorine poisoning  in  any  process  or
 16    occupation  involving direct exposure to carbon monoxide or chlorine in build-
 17    ings, sheds, or inclosed places.
 18        (3)  Poisoning by methanol,  carbon  bisulphide,  hydrocarbon  distillates
 19    (naphthas  and  others)  or halogenated hydrocarbons, or any preparations con-
 20    taining these chemicals or any of them, in  any  occupation  involving  direct
 21    contact therewith, handling thereof, or exposure thereto.
 22        (4)  Poisoning  by  benzol  or  by  nitro,  amido, or amino-derivatives of
 23    benzol (dinitro-benzol, anilin and others) or their preparations or  compounds
 24    in  any  occupation  involving  direct contact therewith, handling thereof, or
 25    exposure thereto.
 26        (5)  Glanders in the care or handling of any equine animal or the  carcass
 27    of any such animal.
 28        (6)  Radium  poisoning  by  or disability due to radioactive properties of
 29    substances or to Roentgenray (X-ray) in any occupation involving  direct  con-
 30    tact therewith, handling thereof, or exposure thereto.
 31        (7)  Poisoning  by  or ulceration from chromic acid or bichromate of ammo-
 32    nium, potassium, or sodium or their preparations, or  phosphorus  preparations
 33    or  compounds,  in any occupation involving direct contact therewith, handling
 34    thereof, or exposure thereto.
 35        (8)  Ulceration due to tar, pitch, bitumen, mineral oil, or  paraffin,  or
 36    any compound product, or residue of any of these substances, in any occupation
 37    involving direct contact therewith, handling thereof, or exposure thereto.
 38        (9)  Dermatitis  venenata, that is, infection or inflammation of the skin,
 39    furunculosis excepted, due to oils, cutting  compounds,  lubricants,  liquids,
 40    fumes,  gases, or vapors in any occupation involving direct contact therewith,
 41    handling thereof or exposure thereto.
 42        (10) Anthrax occurring in any occupation  involving  the  handling  of  or
 43    exposure  to  wool,  hair, bristles, hides, skins, or bodies of animals either
  1    alive or dead.
  2        (11) Silicosis in any occupation involving direct contact  with,  handling
  3    of, or exposure to dust of silicon dioxide       .
  4        (12) Cardiovascular  or  pulmonary or respiratory diseases of a paid fire-
  5    man, employed by a municipality, village or fire district as a regular  member
  6    of  a lawfully established fire department, caused by overexertion in times of
  7    stress or danger or by proximate exposure or by  cumulative  exposure  over  a
  8    period of four (4) years or more to heat, smoke, chemical fumes or other toxic
  9    gases arising directly out of, and in the course of, his employment.
 10        (13) Acquired  immunodeficiency  syndrome  (AIDS),  AIDS related complexes
 11    (ARC), other manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)  infections,
 12    and  infectious  hepatitis  B viruses (HBV) infections and tuberculosis in any
 13    occupation involving exposure to human blood or body fluids.
 14        Recognizing that additional toxic or harmful substances or matter are con-
 15    tinually being discovered and used or misused, the  above  enumerated  occupa-
 16    tional diseases are not intended to be exclusive, but such additional diseases
 17    shall  not include hazards which are common to the public in general and which
 18    are not within the meaning of section 72-102(218)(a), Idaho Code, and the dis-
 19    eases enumerated in subsection (12) pertaining to paid firemen  shall  not  be
 20    subject to the limitations prescribed in section 72-439, Idaho Code.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                      STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                            RS 10937
The purpose of this legislation is to amend Title 72 Worker s
Compensation and Related Laws, Chapter 4 Benefits, Section 13, to
provide compensation coverage for those workers who contract
occupational diseases as follow: all infectious strains of
hepatitis, and tuberculosis. Currently Section 13 provides
coverage only for hepatitis B and no coverage for tuberculosis.
This additional coverage will ensure that the risks to workers
from on the job exposure to infected blood and body fluids are
adequately recognized.

                           FISCAL IMPACT

There were three documented cases of Hepatitis C infection among
the general population in 2000 and eight in 1999, with treatment
costs unknown. Since these infections were among the general
population, worker s compensation would be applicable to only a
fraction of these cases.

     Name: Representative Margaret Henbest
       Phone:  332-1130