Sick because of work: when work doesn't pay and prevention fails

28 March 2024

How can we prevent work-related illnesses due to exposures? And are such work-related illnesses adequately recognized and acknowledged? 

Every year 4,000 Dutch people die as a result of their work, a large proportion of these cases are due to hazardous substance exposure. This must change, which is why the government wants no one to die from poor working conditions by 2040. We discussed how work-related illnesses can be prevented during the public dialogure organized by De Nieuwe Utrechtse School, Van Hier Naar [...] and Exposome-NL.

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Susan Peters by Bas Niemans

Susan Peters

Associate professor - exposure characterization in occupational epidemiology
Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

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