Work-related ill health and occupational disease
New cases of self-reported ill health have generally fallen since 2001/02, reaching a low of 452 000 in 2011/12. No ill health data was collected in 2012/13, but in 2013/14 the number of new cases increased to 535 000, a similar level to that in 2009/10.
- Around 13 000 deaths each year from occupational lung disease and cancer are estimated to have been caused by past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dusts, at work.
- An estimated 1.2 million people who worked in 2013/14 were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by work. 535 000 of these were new cases which started in the year (LFS).
- Around 80% of the new work-related conditions in 2013/14 were musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety (LFS).
- An estimated 2604 new cases of work-related ill health seen in general practice clinics were reported by 157 GPs in 2013. The majority of the cases were work-related musculoskeletal disorders (48%) and mental ill health (38%) (THOR-GP).
- Rates of total cases and new cases of self-reported work-related illness, and specifically MSDs, have generally fallen since 2001/02, although rates in the latest year are higher than those in 2011/12. (LFS).
- Reports by doctors, based on limited data for the most recent three years (2011-2013) where a consistent method for reporting has been used, show no significant change (THOR-GP).
New cases of self-reported work-related illness amongst people who worked in the last 12 months
Note: 95% confidence interval on average +/- 7% on the total
Source: Labour Force Survey
Note: No data on work-related illness from the LFS was collected in 2002/03 and 2012/13.
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