Published on 31/07/2012
Programme for surveillance of work-related diseases (WRD). Results of the WRD Fortnights for 2006-2007-2008
Authors : Valenty M, Homère J, Mevel M, Le Naour C, Garras L, Chevalier A.
Publisher : Institut de veille sanitaire
ISSN : 1956-5488
ISBN NET : 978-2-11-129747-0
Suggested quotation : Valenty M, Homère J, Mevel M, Le Naour C, Garras L, Chevalier A. Programme for surveillance of work-related diseases (WRD). Results of the WRD Fortnights for 2006-2007-2008. Saint-Maurice: French Institute for Public Health Surveillance; 2012. 4p.
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Like other comparable developed countries, such as the United States or the United Kingdom, France has implemented epidemiological surveillance systems of occupational health. They aim to assess the impact of work on health, to highlight the sectors of activity, occupations, that present the greatest risks to health and to facilitate the observation and recording of new phenomena and their rapid investigation. The objective is to guide policies for prevention and compensation, to assess the effectiveness of preventive measures taken and to identify possible regressions.
The employers are responsible to provide for the prevention and compensation of the occupational exposure’s effects. Therefore, occupational risk factors have become clearly separated from other health determinants. However, since the end of the 1990s, the approach to public health has extended to occupational health risks, as reflected by the implementation of different measures: the setting up of a Department of Occupational Health at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) in 1998, the law relating to public health policy in 2004, the first Occupational Health Plan for 2005-2009 and the establishment of the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (Afsset) in 2005, etc.