Safety and Health in the Workplace...Cases of Occupational Diseases (Last of a 4-Part Series)

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Monday, April 30, 2018
            The 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) is one of the regular establishment-based surveys of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which is conducted every two (2) years. The survey covered a total of 12,926 agricultural and non-agricultural establishments employing 20 or more workers nationwide. 
            This series of LABSTAT Updates highlights the results of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE). In particular, this last issue focuses on the results of the module on “Occupational Injuries and Diseases”.  Presented in this issue are statistics on the number of cases of occupational diseases by major industry group and occupational diseases by type of disease for the period 2015 as compared with 2013. Also included are common occupational diseases on the sub-sectors on (1) call center activities and; (2) rental and leasing activities; security and investigation activities; services to buildings and landscape activities.  
            An occupational disease is defined as an abnormal condition or disorder other than one resulting from an occupational injury caused by exposure over a period of time to risk factors associated with work activity such as contact with certain chemicals, inhaling coal dust, carrying out repetitive movements, etc. 
            The metadata and the statistical tables on the survey results of the 2015/2016 ISLE are posted at the PSA website at
Majority of cases of occupational diseases declined in 2015.
  • The total cases of occupational diseases in establishments reached 125,973 in 2015. This is comparatively lower by 26.7 percent than the reported cases in 2013 (171,787). (Table 3)
  • Among industries, 13 out of the 18 major industries nationwide reported varying levels of declines in the number of cases of occupational diseases in 2015. The biggest decrease (81.3%) was recorded in mining and quarrying from 9,255 in 2013 down to 1,735 in 2015. 
  • On the other hand, the number of occupational diseases grew the most in real estate activities which increased by 189.6 percent from 240 cases in 2013 to 695 in 2013.
  • The distribution of occupational diseases across industries in 2015 showed that  administrative and support service activities (34.3% or 43,183) and manufacturing industry (31.1% or 39,143) jointly comprised almost two-thirds (65.4%) of the total cases of occupational diseases during the year. 
  • Meanwhile, industries which posted least shares of occupational diseases include: (1) water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (0.4%); (2) arts, entertainment and recreation (0.3%); and (3) repair of computers and personal and household goods, and other personal service activities (0.3%).





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