Work-related ill-health: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain 2005–2012

New research published in the scientific journal Occupational Medicine shows that throughout the British Isles, mental health disorders are the most common work-related ill health problem. They account for over half of all cases reported by occupational physicians.
The researchers led by a team from Manchester University, studied data across three surveillance schemes from 2005 to 2012. It is the first time that a study has investigated the incidence of work related ill health and compared detailed data across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and limb pain were the second most frequently reported across all three countries. The study also found that asbestos occupational respiratory disease was commoner in Great Britain and Northern Ireland than in the Republic of Ireland. This is likely to be due to the historical use of asbestos being more prominent in the UK.


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