Statistics on Occupational Diseases 2016

‘Statistics on Occupational Diseases 2016’ is a report compiled by the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases (NCvB) and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW). The report aims to provide an overview of the incidence of occupational diseases and their distribution within the sectors and occupations in the Netherlands in 2015.

The EU Commission defined lacking prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases a top priority problem

Occupational Skin Diseases prevention is one of the main objectives of Action TD 1206 StanDerm (“Development and Implementation of European Standards on Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases”), a network of scientists representing 26 countries coordinating prevention-related activities across Europe, aiming to establish prevention standards by improving educational concepts and identifying susceptibility indicators.

Key figures for occupational diseases in 2015

In 2014, the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases (NCvB) received and recorded 8,513 reports of occupational diseases out of a total of 950 occupational physicians working for 109 occupational health services, and 200 self-employed individuals. Both the number of physicians reporting occupational diseases and the number of occupational diseases reported have risen sharply compared with previous years.
 

Annual incidence of non-specific low back pain as an occupational disease attributed to whole-body vibration according to the National Dutch Register 2005–2012

Non-specific low back pain (nLBP) is the second most important reason for sick leave in the Netherlands, and more than 50% of the workers on sick leave attribute these complaints to their work. To stimulate recognition and prevention, an occupational disease (OD) registration-guideline was implemented for the assessment of the work-relatedness of nLBP in the Netherlands in 2005.

Declining incidence of occupational diseases by european legislation?

This is the first direct comparison of trends in OD within Europe and is consistent with a positive impact of European initiatives addressing exposures relevant to asthma and contact dermatitis.

ZwangerWijzer expanded with risks at work

Working conditions can sometimes reduce fertility or be harmful to pregnancy and the unborn child. From 3 November, people with a desire to have children can easily check whether they are exposed to any conditions at work that may interfere with a healthy pregnancy. This can be done using the preconception indicator at www.zwangerwijzer.nl (dutch site).
 

Criteria on nonspecific low-back pain published

The criteria support professionals in the field of occupational medicine in the assessment of the contribution of work-related risk factors to the occurrence of nonspecific low-back pain in individual workers.