Data

Recognized occupational diseases in the working-age population

Published 12.3.2019
Updated 17.3.2021

Nationally representative

Recognised occupational diseases

Occupational diseases top 10
0500100015002000Noise-related injuryNoise-related injury: 1746 cases 0.777 cases per 1000 workersAllergic contact dermatitisAllergic contact dermatitis: 618 cases 0.275 cases per 1000 workersIrritant contact dermatitisIrritant contact dermatitis: 533 cases 0.237 cases per 1000 workersPleural plaques caused by asbestosPleural plaques caused by asbestos: 457 cases 0.203 cases per 1000 workersOccupational asthmaOccupational asthma: 303 cases 0.135 cases per 1000 workersLateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow): 219 cases 0.097 cases per 1000 workersScabiesScabies: 129 cases 0.057 cases per 1000 workersOccupational allergic rhinitisOccupational allergic rhinitis: 127 cases 0.057 cases per 1000 workersEpidemic nephropathyEpidemic nephropathy: 126 cases 0.056 cases per 1000 workersProtein contact dermatitis and contact urticariaProtein contact dermatitis and contact urticaria: 111 cases 0.049 cases per 1000 workersNumber of cases
Exposure agents
0500100015002000NoiseNoise: 1746 cases 0.777 cases per 1000 workersChemical exposure agentsChemical exposure agents: 885 cases 0.394 cases per 1000 workersAsbestos and other silicate materialsAsbestos and other silicate materials: 505 cases 0.225 cases per 1000 workersRepetitive work and unphysiological work positionsRepetitive work and unphysiological work positions: 462 cases 0.206 cases per 1000 workersOther or unknown factorsOther or unknown factors: 415 cases 0.185 cases per 1000 workersPlant- or animal-based exposure agentsPlant- or animal-based exposure agents: 377 cases 0.168 cases per 1000 workersBiological exposure agentsBiological exposure agents: 275 cases 0.122 cases per 1000 workersExposure to moisture damage and mouldExposure to moisture damage and mould: 147 cases 0.065 cases per 1000 workersVibrationVibration: 103 cases 0.046 cases per 1000 workersOther dusts and vapoursOther dusts and vapours: 4 cases 0.002 cases per 1000 workersNumber of cases
Occupations top 10
020040060080010001200Metal, machinery and related trades workersMetal, machinery and related trades workers: 942 casesBuilding and related trades workers, excluding electriciansBuilding and related trades workers, excluding electricians: 936 casesMarket-oriented skilled agricultural workersMarket-oriented skilled agricultural workers: 648 casesStationary plant and machine operatorsStationary plant and machine operators: 406 casesPersonal service workersPersonal service workers: 363 casesFood processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workersFood processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workers: 223 casesPersonal care workersPersonal care workers: 213 casesElectrical and electronic trades workersElectrical and electronic trades workers: 174 casesHealth associate professionalsHealth associate professionals: 167 casesCleaners and helpersCleaners and helpers: 102 casesNumber of cases
Occupations top 10, relative
0524681012Market-oriented skilled agricultural workersMarket-oriented skilled agricultural workers: 12.000 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationMetal, machinery and related trades workersMetal, machinery and related trades workers: 11.775 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationFood processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workersFood processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workers: 11.737 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationBuilding and related trades workers, excluding electriciansBuilding and related trades workers, excluding electricians: 10.636 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationCommissioned armed forces officersCommissioned armed forces officers: 10.250 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationHandicraft and printing workersHandicraft and printing workers: 8.429 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationStationary plant and machine operatorsStationary plant and machine operators: 5.413 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationMarket-oriented skilled forestry, fishery and hunting workersMarket-oriented skilled forestry, fishery and hunting workers: 5.333 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationElectrical and electronic trades workersElectrical and electronic trades workers: 4.971 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationPersonal service workersPersonal service workers: 3.300 cases per 1000 workers in this occupationRelative number of cases

Information about all recognized and suspected occupational diseases is recorded in the Finnish Register of Occupational Diseases (FROD) maintained by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Description

The Finnish Register of Occupational Diseases is a research register maintained by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health under the Act on the Operations and Financing of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (159/1978, section 2a, subsection 2) for the purpose of research, examination and prevention of occupational and other work-related diseases and the development of their diagnosis and treatment.

The openly available data has been made more imprecise and data on the Åland Islands has been omitted. If multiple occupational disease diagnoses have been simultaneously recorded in the register for a specific case, the occupational disease with the most severe consequences has been included in the data. For the aforementioned reasons, the quantities in the data are not fully comparable with those of the annual publication of the Finnish Register of Occupational Diseases.

What the indicators describe

The data includes the cases of recognized occupational diseases in the working-age population (15- to 64-year-olds) from three different periods (2013–2017, 2012–2016 and 2011–2015). The data on occupational diseases had been linked to an exposure agent group (10 groups) and occupation class (Classification of Occupations 2010, 2-digit level). The cases by occupation class are presented as a number of cases and as a figure per 1,000 employed in the occupation class concerned.

The cases of recognized occupational diseases are presented annually both as a number of cases and as a figure per 1,000 employed. Region-specific figures are likewise presented both as a number of cases and as a figure per 1,000 employed by region. Recognised cases of occupational diseases are also presented by gender, age group and industry class (Industrial Classification 2008, 2-digit level).

The workforce figures concerning the working-age population (15- to 64-year-olds) have been obtained from Statistics Finland.

The data is updated simultaneously with the annual publication of the Finnish Register of Occupational Diseases.

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