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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Exposure to a specified respiratory tract irritant Factor

The RMA has defined "a respiratory tract irritant" to mean:

  • Mustard gas exposure during service; or
  • Lewisite; or
  • Chlorine gas; or
  • Phosgene; or
  • Phthalic anhydride; or
  • Anhydrous ammonia gas; or
  • another respirable agent which causes comparable tissue damage.

Medical advice may be needed to identify if any other respirable agent caused comparable tissue damage.

Physical requirements, duties, and workplace hazards of specific military occupations contains an embedded hotword, military occupations with fumes and irritants component, which provides information about various service occupations which may involve such exposure.

Last reviewed for CCPS 20 April 2005.

Investigative Documents
Type Title PDF Format Word Format
Claimant Report
Exposure to a Specified Respiratory Tract Irritant - Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
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Preliminary questions [24447]

30009 there is some evidence that exposure to a respiratory tract irritant may be a factor in the development or worsening of the condition under consideration.

24449 the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, at some time.

24450  the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and VEA service for chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

24461 the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

24451   the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and VEA service for the clinical onset of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

24457  the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and operational service for the clinical onset of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

or

24458  the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and eligible service for the clinical onset of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

or

7334     the clinical onset of the condition under consideration occurred after the end of the veteran's last period of VEA service.

7335     the condition under consideration permanently worsened.

24462 the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration.

24452   the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and VEA service for the clinical worsening of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

24459  the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and operational service for the clinical worsening of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

or

24460  the veteran has established the causal connection between the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant and eligible service for the clinical worsening of chronic bronchitis and / or emphysema.

Clinical onset and operational service [24457]

24463 on operational service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

24464 the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant on operational service, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.

Clinical onset and eligible service [24458]

24467 on eligible service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

24468 on eligible service, as a causal result of eligible service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

24469 the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant on eligible service, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.

Clinical worsening and operational service [24459]

24470 on operational service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration.

24474 the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant on operational service, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.

Clinical worsening and eligible service [24460]

24475 on eligible service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration.

24476 on eligible service, as a causal result of eligible service, the veteran was exposed to a respiratory tract irritant, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration.

24479 the exposure to a respiratory tract irritant on eligible service, which resulted in signs and symptoms of acute and serious insult to the lower respiratory tract, within the ten years immediately before the clinical worsening of the condition under consideration, was due to the veteran's serious default, wilful act or serious breach of discipline.