“Healthy [email protected]”: the EADV europrevention campaign against occupational skin diseases

The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) launched a pan-European “Healthy [email protected]” campaign, which seeks to raise public and political awareness on the challenges of occupational skin diseases at European and national level. The EADV-campaign is scientifically guided by the European Initiative for the Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases [EPOS], which is a network of 79 experts from more than 50 dermatological centres in 24 European countries under the umbrella of the EADV. According to the WHO, occupational skin diseases (OSD) are the leading cause of occupational illnesses as they represent up to 27 per cent of all diseases worldwide. OSD can affect workers in almost all sectors and occupations. In Europe, they are considered to be the second most common work-related health problem and one of the most important emerging risks related to the exposure to chemical, physical and biological risk factors. In the context of increased exposure to solar UV radiation, occupational non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is becoming a rising problem. OSD cost up to € 5 billion per year due to loss of productivity and cause extensive suffering for workers as it can result in detrimental socioeconomic and psychological consequences, including job loss and long-term unemployment.

Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/EU-Healthy-Skin-at-Work-the-EADV-europrevention-campaign-against-occupational-skin-diseases

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