2016-09-01 12:00 - Messages

Time trends in incidence and prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome over eight years according to multiple data sources

Using data from the Pays de la Loire surveillance program of musculoskeletal disorders and National Health Insurance system, we revealed a decreasing time trend for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) over an 8-year period. These decreasing trends were statistically significant for surgical cases of CTS and uncompensated work-related
CTS, but not for CTS compensated as an occupational disease, while the variation in clinically diagnosed CTS among the COSALI cohort was not statistically significant.

Source: Roquelaure Y, Chazelle E, Gautier L, Plaine J, Descatha A, Evanoff B, Bodin J, Fouquet N, Buisson C. Scand J Work Environ Health, 2016. 
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3594

A Comparison of Work-Related Injuries Among Shiftworkers and Non-Shiftworkers

Research has shown that the injury rate for shiftworkers is higher than the injury rate for non-shiftworkers. The aim of this report is to determine whether the elevated risk of shiftwork affects all groups of shiftworkers or only particular groups of shiftworkers. This is achieved by analysing statistics from a nationally representative survey that was undertaken in 2013–14. The report also analyses the characteristics and outcomes of work-related injuries to determine whether there are significant differences between shiftworkers and non-shiftworkers.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/comparison-of-work-related-injuries-shiftworkers-non-shiftworkers

Work Safe Australia - Work Health and Safety in the Agriculture Industry

The agricultural industry was identified as a priority industry in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Australian Strategy), which was developed through consultation with governments, industry, unions and the public. Priority industries were based on rates of injuries, diseases or fatalities, or the nature of hazards found in the industries. The aim of the Australian Strategy is to focus attention on priority industries so that causes of workplace injuries, diseases and fatalities can be identified and minimised through appropriate prevention strategies. This statistical report supports the objectives of the Australian Strategy by identifying the main risks faced by workers in the agricultural industry and highlighting areas within the industry that merit the greatest attention.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/whs-in-the-agriculture-industry

Safe Work Australia - Statistics on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a range of conditions that affect joints (arthropathies), spinal vertebrae and intervertebral discs (dorsopathies), the synovium, muscles, tendons and related tissues, soft tissues, and connective tissues. MSDs were identified as priority disorders in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (the Australian Strategy), which was developed through consultation with governments, industry, unions and the public. Priority disorders were based on the severity of consequences for workers, the number of workers estimated to be affected or the existence of known prevention options. The other priority disorders in the Australian Strategy are mental disorders, cancers (including skin cancer), asthma, contact dermatitis and noise-induced hearing loss.
The aim of the Australian Strategy is to focus attention on priority areas so that causes of workplace injuries, diseases and fatalities can be identified and minimised through appropriate prevention strategies. The statistics in this report highlight the characteristics of work-related MSDs, including their causes and the groups of workers who are at elevated risk of MSDs.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/statistics-work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders

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