Table 3

Estimated average annual incidence rates by occupational set, 1989–97

OrderSetAverage annual incidence (million/y)3-150
1989–91 (95% CI) 1992–94 1995–97 1992–97 (95% CI)
1–10Professional, clerical, and service:
 Laboratory technicians and assistants235(177 to 271)198216207(150 to 297)
 Cleaners9(6 to 14)92818(8 to 39)
 Nurses17(12 to 24)527462(40 to 96)
 Farmers and farm hands34(2 to 46)647368(34 to 123)
 Hairdressers81(51 to 120)173224(5 to 106)
 Remainder3(3 to 4)497(5 to 9)
11Material processors (excluding metal and electrical):
 Wood workers45(35 to 58)110171139(82 to 221)
 Food processors (excluding bakers)121(92 to 156)151423280(171 to 441)
 Bakers285(220 to 364)1048857951(618 to 1415)
 Plastics workers387(307 to 481)613158380(220 to 635)
 Chemical processors346(273 to 433)640511573(357 to 898)
 Remainder53(45 to 62)119127123(83 to 176)
12Metal and electrical processing and makers:
 Welding, soldering, and electronic assembly158(130 to 191)265266266(181 to 389)
 Metal treatment211(157 to 278)691454567(345 to 907)
 Remainder26(22 to 30)635559(44 to 78)
13Painting, assembly, and packing:
 Painters (excluding spray painters)53(37 to 75)784561(19 to 167)
 Coach and other spray painters729(598 to 880)135015861464(968 to 2173)
 Remainder33(25 to 43)638574(44 to 122)
14Construction and mining11(8 to 16)463541(22 to 71)
15Transport and storage7(5 to 10)17913(7 to 26)
1–15All occupations19(18 to 20)373838(34 to 41)
  • 3-150 Rates for 1992–7 are based on estimated case numbers.