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New WHO global indicator for workers’ health: mortality rate from diseases attributable to selected occupational risk factors


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The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a new global indicator for workers’ health and renews its call for global, regional and national level monitoring systems to expand their indicators to include mortality from work-related diseases. The 2021-27 EU Strategic framework on safety and health at work declares support, together with Member States, for the creation of a new indicator on mortality from diseases attributed to occupational risk factors as part of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

The new indicator ‘Mortality rate per 100,000 working-age population from diseases attributable to selected occupational risk factors’ is presented for 183 countries in this WHO article and the interactive WHO Occupational Burden of Disease Application.

What’s more, EU-OSHA presents data on the burden of work-related accidents and illnesses in its OSH Barometer data visualisation tool. Consult the impact of work-related deaths and work-related diseases, measured in ‘disability adjusted life years (DALYs)’ per Member State and 100,000 working population.