Work-related ill health and occupational disease
Rates of work-related illness have generally reduced over the last decade.
- Over 12 000 deaths each year are estimated to have been caused by past exposure at work - primarily exposure to chemicals and dusts
- An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness, of which 452 000 were new cases which started in the year (LFS)
- Around 80% of the new work-related conditions in 2011/12 were musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety (LFS)
- Other work-related illnesses include skin disease, respiratory disease, hearing loss and vibration-related disorders
New cases of self-reported work-related ill health amongst people who have worked in the last 12 months
Note: average sampling variability +/- 7% on the total
Note: No data on work-related illness was collected in 2002/03
More information about particular conditions
See information about our preferred data source for the most common work-related conditions.