Early warning systems for work-related diseases

Continuous changes in work and working conditions result in the
rise of new occupational health risks and possibly new work-related diseases.
Monitoring these new health risks and work-related diseases is essential in order
to better understand their work-relatedness and to ensure timely interventions
and prevention. Alert and sentinel systems can offer early warning about new
and emerging risks and work-related diseases to occupational safety and health
actors and policy-makers. ‘Alert and sentinel systems' is in this context an
umbrella term for timely surveillance systems that collect information on
diseases to initiate health interventions and prevention.

A recent European Agency for Safety and Health at Work's publication 'Alert and
sentinel approaches for the identification of work-related diseases in the EU'
analyses in depth a range of successful alert and sentinel approaches both in
and outside the EU.

It considers how these approaches can be replicated in other countries or how
an alert function could be added to existing monitoring systems. It also
concludes that it is vital to communicate better on the contribution of alert
and sentinel systems to evidence-based prevention and policy, to maintain the
motivation of people who report to the systems and to provide enough political
support and financial resources, and to encourage international cooperation and
the sharing of data in the EU.

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