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HSE Statistics ill health iconWork-related ill health and occupational disease in Great Britain

12,000 Lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work

1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) in 2018/19 (LFS)

Occupational lung diseases contributing to estimated annual current deaths

Graph showing stress depression and anxiety is the leading type of work-related ill health

Source: Estimates from epidemiological information including burden of occupational cancer research

New and long-standing cases of work-related ill health by type, 2018/19

Graph showing an even split in cases of work-related ill health by gender

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS) self-reported estimates

Work-related ill health per 100,000 workers - new and long-standing

Graph showing there is a broadly flat trend in recent years for the rate of work-related ill health per 100,000 workers

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS) self-reported estimates


  • Occupational lung diseases typically have a long latency (they take a long time to develop following exposure to the agent that caused them). Therefore, current deaths reflect the effect of past working conditions.
  • Estimates of work-related ill health are based on self-reports from the Labour Force Survey (LFS)

More information on Ill health

Occupational lung disease

Asbestos-related disease

Musculoskeletal disorders

Stress, depression or anxiety

Other ill health conditions

Information on HSE Statistics

Updated 2019-10-28