Global estimates of fatal work-related diseases by region and disease group, 2002

Päivi Hämäläinen, Kaija Leena Saarela, Jukka Takala

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Work-related and occupational diseases are multifactorial diseases among the working population that have a heavy impact on workers, enterprises, and society. We calculated estimates for 2002, using global regional estimates of disease mortality, and adjusted attributable fractions produced for work-related diseases in Finland. The estimated number of fatal work-related diseases is about 2 million worldwide. The most common fatal workrelated disease groups are cancers (25%), circulatory diseases (21%), and communicable diseases (28%). Though estimates of fatal work-related diseases have some limitations, they are needed for prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • Occupational diseases
  • mortality
  • epidemiology

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