A new Eurostat publication provides an update on the recognition of Covid-19 as an accident at work (AW) and/or occupational disease (OD) in the EU and EFTA countries.
Indeed, the form of recognition varies and Covid-19 is recognized as :
- an OD in 19 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway.
- AW in 3 countries: Italy, Slovenia and Spain
- either, according to national criteria, in 5 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Finland.
In Greece and Ireland, Covid-19 can be work-related, but it is not specified whether it can be considered as an AT or a PD. The report also reveals that recognition is not limited to specific economic sectors in the following countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Norway.
Chapter 3 looks at national recognition criteria and also reveals heterogeneous national practices.
Report “Possibility of recognising covid-19 as being of occupational origin at national level in EU and EFTA countries” (pdf)