Occupational diseases (ODs)

  • In the area of responsibility of the accident insurance institutions within the industrial and public sectors and of pupil accident insurance institutions, the number of notifications of suspected cases of occupational disease increased in 2018 by 3.6 % in relation to the previous year to 77,877. Each reported suspected case triggers an investigation.
  • 78,384 investigations were completed in 2018. An occupational disease was formally recognized in 19,748 of these cases (- 0.2 %), and a pension awarded in 4,813 cases (- 2.9 %). In a further 18,257 cases (- 0.2 %), the disease was found to be occupational in origin, but the specific regulatory insurance provisions governing legal recognition of an occupational disease were not satisfied. Examples of such cases are skin diseases where the hazardous activity has not ceased. Measures for individual prevention and medical rehabilitation are nevertheless provided where applicable in such cases in accordance with the BKV ยง 3 (regulation governing occupational disease). In 48.5 % of the investigations completed in 2018, the occupational cause of the disease was confirmed (38,005 cases). In the remaining 40,379 cases (+ 2.9 %), the suspicion of an occupational disease was not confirmed, either because no corresponding hazard could be found at the workplace, or because no relationship was identified between such exposure and the disease.
  • 2,435 fatalities caused by occupational disease were recorded in the reporting year. The majority of these were attributable to inorganic dusts, particularly asbestos.
2017 2018 Change in %
Notifications of suspected cases 75,187 77,877 + 3.58
Occupational causation confirmed 38,080 38,005 - 0.20
Of which:
Recognized cases of OD 19,794 19,748 - 0.23
of which: New pensions 4,956 4,813 - 2.89
Cases with absense of additionally required insurance characteristics 18,286 18,257 - 0.16
Occupational causation not confirmed 39,250 40,379 + 2.88
Decided cases, total 77,330 78,384 + 1.36
Fatalities due to OD 2,580 2,435 - 5.62

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