The WHO/ILO joint methodology for estimating the work-related burden of disease and injury

WHO and ILO have agreed in 2016 to develop a joint methodology for estimating the global burden of work-related disease and injury.

Building on the existing robust methodologies, the new methodology will allow for estimating the numbers of deaths and healthy lives lost from occupational risk factors based on the WHO data for the total burden of disease and the ILO data for occupations, among others.

More than 150 individual experts from 40 countries have been engaged in the systematic reviews of evidence and meta-analyses for the selected pairs of occupational risk factors and health outcomes to produce the parameters required to estimate the corresponding disease burden.