Training and Education in Occupational Health—A Global Challenge
Background: “Occupational risks” rank only #14 globally and in low-income countries as causes of death. For working age adults (15–49 yrs) occupational risks are worldwide the #1 cause of disability with around 25 mill YLD ahead of malnutrition with 18.5 mill YLD and constitute the MAJOR contributor to early disability and loss of income for families. Method: We look at the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 and its recent publications to see where “occupational risks” rank in their impact on the health of populations. Results: The impact of poor workplace health and safety on disability in Indonesia is dramatic. We see then that Occupational Risks are the #2 reason for disability during the adult working age, being the #1 reason for men and #3 reason for women behind high plasma glucose and malnutrition. Conclusion: Occupational risks have a major impact on the health of populations and the economy of a country as well as the income of families. We need to focus on teaching the important risks that have been identified: chemicals, particulates, ergonomic risks. To prevent the exposure from these risks should become a standard competency for all health professionals.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Publication date: April 1, 2017
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