Occupational ailments on decline
The incidence of occupational diseases has decreased 72 per cent over the past nine years, according to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. The number of cases of occupational diseases dropped from 948 in 1998 to 264 in 2006. The first three-quarters of last year saw 134 cases, compared with 215 for the same period in 2006. Occupational deafness cases dropped from 631 to 51 between 1998 and 2006, the greatest improvement overall. Occupational dermatitis cases also dropped, from 34 to eight, while tuberculosis cases fell from 39 to 18 for the same period.