Last reviewed 6 May 2021

Eurostat data has found that between 2013 and 2018, the index for the total number of people recognised as having an occupational disease declined by 14% across the EU (including the UK data for that period, but excluding Germany, Greece and Portugal).

During the 2013–2018 period, among the four groups of diseases for which sub-indices are available, pneumoconiosis (a group of diseases caused by the inhalation of dust, including asbestos) and selected occupational cancers recorded significant declines (down 27% and 18% respectively). Contact dermatitis declined by a smaller amount (down 2%), while musculoskeletal disorders saw no change.

The data set is available at