BELGIUM: 2 skin disorders added to the list of occupational diseases

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FEDRIS now recognises two new skin diseases following their inclusion in the list of occupational diseases: multiple actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.

For these diseases to be recognised as work-related, three conditions must be met:

  • To work in the private sector or in a provincial or local authority,
  • To have at least 6 actinic keratoses per sun-exposed area of skin,
  • To be exposed to an occupational risk, i.e. have a total of at least 20,000 hours of sun exposure in a typical outdoor job (based on current generally accepted medical knowledge). These hours are calculated on the basis of 8-hour working days during the months of May to September. In practice, this equates to approximately 25 years of experience in an outdoor occupation.

The outdoor occupations that qualify are: farmers, tree and fruit growers, gardeners, landscape gardeners, woodcutters in forestry and nature management, fishing boat crew members, road builders, roofers, metal workers, construction workers who work mainly outdoors.

A person who meets the three criteria for recognition of the occupational nature of his or her pathology must submit a claim to FEDRIS with a supporting medical certificate in order to obtain compensation for temporary incapacity to work and compensation for health care.

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