Occupational disease

Occupational diseases are acute, recurring or chronic health problems caused or aggravated by work conditions or practices. Preventing or reducing work-related disease is a focus of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022, which identifies six priority work-related disorders. Research undertaken prior to 2012 focused on the priority work-related disorders identified in the National OHS Strategy 2002–2012.

Obtaining accurate and useful occupational disease information is challenging, costly and time consuming. Safe Work Australia is exploring a range of ways to collect data on occupational diseases and the workplace hazards that cause them.

Occupational disease reports:

Contact dermatitis

Noise-induced hearing loss

Mental disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders

Burden of long latency occupational diseases:

Safe Work Australia is examining the work-related burden of cardiovascular diseases. This work will help us understand and better prevent or manage cardiovascular disease in high-risk work groups.

Other occupational disease reports:

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Questions should be emailed to info@swa.gov.au.

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