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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work, held on 28 April, promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. You can say, there is no danger in your job. But you don´t have to work in the construction to be in risk of work-related health problems.

 

According to European agency for Safety and Health at work, the number of workplace accidents has decreased by 25% over the last 10 years. However, work-related diseases still account for an estimated 200,000 in Europe every year. 

 

What is work-related disease?

Work-related diseases" are multifactorial diseases in which the work environment plays a partial role in causation. There is evidence that lower mentioned diseases can be attributed to a variety of risk factors, including those in the workplace.

·         Musculoskeletal disorders

·         Hypertension

·         Chronic bronchitis

·         Stress and mental health disorders 

·         Work-related cancer

·         Skin diseases 

·         Work-related diseases from biological agents

What causes diseases at work?

 

Although the causes of above mentioned diseases may be complex, certain workplace conditions are known to contribute to the development or progression of a disease. For example:

·         chemical or biological agents

·         radiation (including radiation from the sun as well)

·         physical factors such as noise, sedentary work etc.

other risk factors - excessive workloads, conflicting demands, ineffective communication, lack of role clarity, shift work etc.

 

Do not underestimate your health problems, take yearly preventive medical check-ups.

If you have any health issues and medical examinations are showing normal results or if having pathological organic findings, e.g. high blood pressure or gastric ulcers, but your disease does not react in a usual way to common medical treatment,  consider a complex psychosomatic evaluation.

 

Everybody is responsible. Take care of your health.

Your family doctor.

Source:

https://osha.eu:ropa.eu/en/themes/work-related-diseases

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6535237

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