There are established reporting schemes for some occupational and work-related illnesses but these schemes may underestimate the true incidence of such diseases.
Not all cases may be referred to a participating physician and access to adequate diagnostic facilities are not always available.
Collecting data directly from occupational heaith departments may overcome some problems related to under-reporting as they have good access to the entire working population within their company.
The aim of this paper is to report the results from such a reporting scheme operated by a large multi-national engineering company during the period 1993-96.
All UK sites of Lucas ndustries (later LucasVarity) participated.
A report form was completed by the occupational health department of each participating site each month.
The report form gave abbreviated details of each case of occupational and work-related disease occurring at that site during the previous month.
Forms were posted to a central office where the data was collated and analyzed.
The incidence of respiratory diseases was broadly similar or slightly higher to that reported from other schemes.
Musculoskeletal diseases were by far the most common category of disease reported.
During a four year period of reporting the incidence of occupational and work-related diseases decreased overall by approximately 75%. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Maladie, Morbidité, Epidémiologie, Royaume Uni, Europe, Médecine travail, Homme, Collecte donnée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Disease, Morbidity, Epidemiology, United Kingdom, Europe, Occupational medicine, Human, Data gathering
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0466734
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 22/03/2000.