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30 August 2017

Germany: better recognition of occupational diseases

According to the German accident insurance, in 2016 the number of workers affected by a recognized occupational disease increased by 22% compared with the year before. In total, some 80,000 cases were processed of which 20,539 were recognized. This increase is very much related to skin cancer. Since 2015, basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas caused by solar radiation have been recognized in Germany as an occupational disease.

In July 2016, the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) had published a research in which it recorded and interpreted detailed exposure data for a wide range of occupations performed outdoors. It shows that sewer construction and quarry workers are exposed to over three times as much UV radiation as persons working in arable farming or making postal deliveries on foot. The research was conducted on 600 workers.

DGUV: A big dose of sunshine: during work outdoors, the skin receives a significant amount of UV radiation, July 2016

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