Work conditions and occupational morbidity in Latvia

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The aim of study was to analyse work conditions and occupational morbidity in Latvia during a 15-year period for recommendations to employment policy programmes. The study included the analysis of the database of occupational risk factor measurements in more than 7000 enterprises and companies performed in period 1995-2010 by the Laboratory of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health of Riga Stradins University. The analysis of registered occupational diseases according to the data from the Latvian State Registry of Occupational diseases run by the Centre of Occupational and Radiation Medicine of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital for the same period was performed. Occupational diseases in Latvia are diagnosed and coded in accordance with the International Classification of Diseases. Results of measurements showed that for one third of measured occupational risk factors values exceeded recommended limits. The traditional work risk factors (chemical, physical, biological etc.) have been partly replaced by new risks (ergonomic and psychosocial factors). The results of the study indicated that the following enterprises form a major risk group of non-compliance with legislation regarding occupational health and safety: small enterprises; enterprises of private and non-governmental sectors; enterprises of different industries (construction, metal processing and wood processing). The number of firstly diagnosed occupational diseases and patients has gradually increased. The total number of firstly diagnosed and registered occupational patients per 100,000 employees was 11.2 in 1995 and 140.5 in 2009. The structure of occupational diseases shows musculoskeletal diseases (46.1%) as the leading group of diseases followed by diseases of the nervous system and organs of sense (29.3%), traumatic disorders and intoxications (11.7%).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Health and Biomedicine
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011 - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 25 Jul 201127 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health
ISSN (Print)1743-3525


Conference6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011


  • Occupational morbidity
  • Structure of occupational diseases
  • Work risk factors

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.3. Publications in conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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