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Occupational health and valid work exposure tools are keys to improving the health of ageing workers
  1. Alexis Descatha1,2,
  2. Yves Roquelaure3
  1. 1Versailles St-Quentin University, INSERM U1168 UMS011, Villejuif, France
  2. 2Occupational Health Unit, AP-HP (Paris Hospital “Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris”), University Hospital of West Suburb of Paris, Garches, France
  3. 3ESTER UMR1085, INSERM University of Angers CHU Angers, Angers, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor Alexis Descatha, Occupational Health Unit, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-Inserm U1168 UMS011 APHP, Garches, PA 92380, France; Alexis.Descatha{at}

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Many countries have increased the legal retirement age due to economic constraints and ageing populations.1 One important obstacle to raising retirement age is premature ageing caused by difficult and arduous working conditions.2 3 Nevertheless, even for some countries with retirement ages that may vary according to working conditions, it is particularly challenging to define an optimal retirement age that consistently and fairly determines which workers may be granted earlier retirement due to difficult working conditions.

France started by defining exposures in terms of their consequences, that is, the presence of a specific recognised occupational disease or injury.4 In 2014, the government introduced a new rule requiring employers to evaluate the extent of workers’ exposures to multiple working conditions. The workers could retire earlier depending on the …

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  • Contributors Both authors participated to write the letter and approved it.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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