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The role of the Swiss list of occupational diseases in the protection of workers’ health

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Graczyk H, François M, Krief P, Guseva Canu I
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20538

Occupational disease lists (ODLs) are essential legal mechanisms for recognising pathologies related to exposure to occupational hazards. In 2017, Switzerland revised its ODL and solicited stakeholders to review the ODL proposal. This revision represented an important and rare event, and was an opportunity to assess the legal status and role of Swiss ODL. The authors examined the structure and content of this revised Swiss list, by comparing it to other official recommendations and ODLs, including those of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Commission (EC).  

Evolution of gynaecologists’ practices regarding the implementation of Swiss legislation on maternity protection at work between 2008 and 2017

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Abderhalden-Zellweger A, Mediouni Z, Probst I, Politis Mercier MP, Danuser B, Wild P, Chiarini B, Hale ML, Krief P
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20537

In accordance with the International Labour Organization’s Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183) and European Union Directive 92/857CEE (1992), Switzerland’s Labour Law and its Maternity Protection Ordinance (OProMa) aim to protect the health of pregnant employees and their future children while enabling them to pursue their working activities. Gynaecologists-obstetricians have a key role in this legislation, particularly through the prescription of preventive leave for patients who would otherwise face dangerous or arduous tasks in the absence of an adequate risk analysis or suitable protective measures. However, international and national literature suggests that gynaecologists-obstetricians may encounter difficulties in fulfilling their role. 

Uranium exposure of the Swiss population based on 24-hour urinary excretion

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Jenny-Burri J, Blanc A, Aubert R, Haldimann M, Zürcher U, Burnier M, Paccaud F, Bochud M, Dudler V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20207

Important regional differences in uranium exposure exist because of varying uranium concentrations in soil, water and food. Comprehensive data on the exposure of the general population to uranium is, however, scarce.

Should systemic sclerosis be recognised as an occupational disease in Switzerland?

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Schmid M, Grolimund Berset D, Krief P, Zyska Cherix A, Danuser B, Rinaldo M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20193

Although the aetiology of systemic sclerosis is not yet completely understood, epidemiological studies have identified several occupational factors, such as exposure to silica, solvents or vibration, that contribute to its development.

The capacity of baseline patient, injury, treatment and outcome data to predict reduced capacity to work and accident insurer costs – a Swiss prospective 4-year longitudinal trauma centre evaluation

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Gross T, Morell S, Scholz SM, Amsler F
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20144

Return to work after an injury is an important longer-term outcome measure, ­albeit a complicated issue. Information on the relation between baseline patient, injury and treatment data and the longer-term outcomes for the survivors of significant trauma is lacking.

Accidental or intentional exposure to potentially toxic medications, natural toxins and chemicals during pregnancy: analysis of data from Tox Info Suisse

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Vogel T, Lüde S, Baumgartner R, Rauber-Lüthy C, Simões-Wüst AP
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14620

Pregnant women are daily exposed to potentially harmful agents, such as food products and household chemicals, as well as medications. Affected women and health professionals are still often unsure about how to react.

Occupational exposure to plant protection products and health effects in Switzerland: what do we know and what do we need to do?

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Graczyk H, Hopf NB, Mediouni Z, Guseva-Canu I, Sanvido O, Schmid K, Berthet A
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14610

There is no centralised database on workers’ exposures to plant protection products in Switzerland, nor a national register for their negative health effects. This makes it difficult to implement research or prevention campaigns.

Informal caregiving, work-privacy conflict and burnout among health professionals in Switzerland - a cross-sectional study

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Häusler N, Bopp M, Hämmig O
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14552

Burnout is a stress-induced illness that often occurs in healthcare and other human service professionals. Work-privacy conflict has been found to be a stronger predictor of burnout than work-specific stressors.

Smoking cessation in workplace settings: quit rates and determinants in a group behaviour therapy programme

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Hausherr Y, Quinto C, Grize L, Schindler C, Probst-Hensch N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14500

A smoking cessation programme in a workplace setting has been developed and implemented in companies across the language and cultural regions of Switzerland.

Cardiorespiratory hospitalisation and mortality reductions after smoking bans in Switzerland

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Vicedo-Cabrera AM, Röösli M, Radovanovic D, Grize L, Witassek F, Schindler C, Perez L
Swiss Med Wkly. 2016;146:w14381

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