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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Sep;22(3):183-199. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.35371/kjoem.2010.22.3.183
Kim JH , Park SG , Leem JH , Won JU , Han SH , Chung SY , Kim SH , Kim HC , Hong YC , Kim CW , Kim CH , Kim DH , Lee DH , Lee SJ , Kang YJ , Kwak WS , Rhie J .
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Korea. oem@inha.ac.kr
Department of Preventive Medicine and Institute for Occupational Health, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Korea.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Korea.
Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Incheon Joongang General Hospital, Korea.
Center of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, lncheon Sarang Hospital, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Korea.
Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Korea.
Graduate School of Public Health and Institute for Occupational Health, Yonsei University, Korea.
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Between Jan 1998 and Dec 2008, area-based occupational disease surveillance in Incheon was used to collect data on occupational diseases. The long-term data was used to estimate the scale of disease, to analyze disease characteristics, and to achieve surveillance in order to determine development tasks. METHODS: For a period of 11 years, occupation-related disease surveillance was performed on an annual basis for employees of Incheon industries. All cases of occupational disease were reported by means of the Incheon Occupational Disease Information Network (IODIN) web site, downloaded, and analyzed, subsequently. RESULTS: Between Jan 1998 and Dec 2008, 1577 cases of occupational disease were reported. Of these, there were 1043(66.1%) cases of occupational musculoskeletal disorders, 172(10.9%) cases of occupational asthma, 162(10.3%) cases of occupational dermatoses, 135(8.6%) cases of occupationally-related cancers, 30(1.9%) cases of pneumoconiosis, 27(1.7%) cases of toxic hepatitis, and 8(0.5%) cases of occupational neuronal disease. CONCLUSION: In the Incheon area, small and medium industries comprise 99% of business. The composition of the industry by category, in Incheon, is similar to the country on the whole. In actually, the data on occupational diseases in Korea are almost workers' compensation data. Thus, the survey of occupational disease based in Incheon, Korea, can serve as an estimate of the trends and size of the occupational disease throughout the entire country.

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