GERMANY: the 2018 OSH figures

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The number of reportable accidents at work (949,309) and fatal accidents (541) decreased in 2018 (-0.6% and -4.1% respectively) compared to 2017. Data come from the BAuA report “Occupational Health and Safety in 2018”.

The number of reported occupational diseases increased by 3.6% to reach 82,622 cases. This increase is partly due to a change in the list of occupational diseases in 2017. Three new diseases have been added to the list:

  • chronic myeloid leukaemia caused by 1.3 butadiene (MP n° 1320)
  • cancer of the urinary tract caused by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PM No. 1321) (the disease with the highest number of cases)
  • the focal dystonia of instrumental musicians caused by high intensity fine motor activity (MP no. 2115).

In addition, the list of cancers that can be recognised as occupational diseases has been extended to include ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.

It should be noted that the number of working people continued to increase in 2018 (+0.6%), reaching a new record of 41.9 million. At the same time, the population decreased (- 0.2%, 81.6 million).


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