Occupational diseases (ODs)

  • In the area of responsibility of the accident insurance institutions within the industrial and public sectors and of pupil accident insurance institutions, the number of notifications of suspected cases of occupational disease increased in 2019 by 2.9 % in relation to the previous year to 80,132. Each reported suspected case triggers an investigation.
  • 78,234 investigations were completed in 2019. An occupational disease was formally recognized in 18,156 of these cases (- 8.1 %), and a pension awarded in 4,667 cases (- 3.0 %). In a further 17,108 cases (- 6.3 %), the disease was found to be occupational in origin, but the specific regulatory insurance provisions governing legal recognition of an occupational disease were not satisfied. Examples of such cases are skin diseases where the hazardous activity has not ceased. Measures for individual prevention and medical rehabilitation are nevertheless provided where applicable in such cases in accordance with the BKV ยง 3 (regulation governing occupational disease). In 45.1 % of the investigations completed in 2019, the occupational cause of the disease was confirmed (35,264 cases). In the remaining 42,970 cases (+ 6.4 %), the suspicion of an occupational disease was not confirmed, either because no corresponding hazard could be found at the workplace, or because no relationship was identified between such exposure and the disease.
  • 2,555 fatalities caused by occupational disease were recorded in the reporting year. The majority of these were attributable to inorganic dusts, particularly asbestos.
2018 2019 Change in %
Notifications of suspected cases 77,877 80,132 + 2.90
Occupational causation confirmed 38,005 35,264 - 7.21
Of which:
Recognized cases of OD 1 19,748 18,156 - 8.06
Cases with absense of additionally required insurance characteristics 18,257 17,108 - 6.29
Occupational causation not confirmed 40,379 42,970 + 6.42
Decided cases, total 78,384 78,234 - 0.19
New pensions 4,813 4,667 - 3.03
Fatalities due to OD 2,435 2,555 + 4.93

1 Since 2019: Cases recognized for the first time

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