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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


BENAVIDES, Fernando G.; DELCLOS, Jordi; BENACH, Joan  and  SERRA, Consol. Occupational injury, a public health priority. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2006, vol.80, n.5, pp.553-565. ISSN 2173-9110.

The aim of this review is to stimulate new ideas and actions for the prevention of this important public health problem. In 2002 and 2003, respectively, the number of non-fatal occupational injuries was 971,406 and 906,638. Thus, every day in Spain there are more than 2,500 non-fatal and between 2 and 3 fatal occupational injuries. Although the profile of the at-risk worker population has changed greatly over the past decade, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the risk of occupational injury still centers on blue collar workers, whether qualified or nonqualified, in the primary and secondary sectors of economic activity. The most common mechanisms of occupational injuries are overexertion for non-fatal injuries and traffic-related for fatal events. The adverse health consequences of new types of employment, which emphasize flexibility and deregulation of the labour market, are exemplified by the association between temporary employment and increased risk of occupational injury. New injury prevention programs have emerged in the last decade, but they appear to have had limited impact. Preventive activities should focus both on working conditions at the company level (micro) as well as on employment and industrial public policies (macro). Greater evaluation is needed of these latter policies.

Keywords : Occupational health; Health policies; Occupational risk prevention.

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