Aim of special session Continuous changes in work are followed by the rise of new occupational health risks and possibly new work-related diseases, which remain difficult to detect and prevent. Hence, new agents are constantly being introduced at the workplace, with no clear assessment of long-term health risks. Consequently, the detection of new occupational risks requires specific additional instruments to those already in use for monitoring known work-related diseases. The method of choice might be influenced by the type of disease and its prevalence in the (risk) population. In the case of a rare disease with a high etiological fraction, spontaneous reporting by a large group of physicians or workers in a sentinel or alert system would be a good monitoring instrument. These alert systems can forecast and signal adverse effects on health, providing time for response in order to minimalize their impact.
Presenters: Jelena Bakusic1, Annet Lenderink2, Stefania Curti3
1KU Leuven, Centre for Environment and Health, Leuven, Belgium
2Netherlands Centre for Occupational Diseases, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologny, Italy
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