01/10/2003

European Commission Continues Fight Against Occupational Diseases

The European Commission is calling on Member States to take the necessary
measures to prevent a number of illnesses that can be commonly linked to the
workplace. Such measures should also enable sufferers to claim compensation.

Although there is a lack of comparative data on occupational diseases across
the EU, Eurostat has identified pulmonary disorders as the third most common
work-related health problem, particularly in the extractive industries.
Diseases such as respiratory ailments caused by the inhalation of dust from
cobalt, tin, barium and graphite, or lung cancer following the inhalation of
asbestos dust are included in the schedule.

The Commission is also putting forward a second list of diseases which are
suspected to be occupational in origin and which may be included in the full
list at a later date.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work