Deputy Director Osalan

The Foundation de la Siderurgia Integral workers has held the second national forum on work safety focused on the occupational diseases in the industrial sector: Diagnostics and good preventive practices. The event has been held in Meatzari Aretoa of Muskiz, with the presence of the Mayor of Muskiz, Gonzalo Riancho, and the Deputy Minister of labour of the Basque Government, Carlos Zapatero, who have been commissioned respectively the opening and the closing of the day. In addition, have been present renowned professionals and specialists in occupational safety and occupational diseases as doctor specialist in medicine of work Victor Echenagusia, Medical Director of Mutualia Alava; the Secretary of health and environment of CCOO-Euskadi, Jesus Uzkudun; Jose Antonio Vazquez, Deputy Director Osalan technician; and Dr. Cristina Martinez, specialist in occupational Pneumology of the Instituto Nacional de Silicosis in Oviedo. This meeting is part of the founding objectives of the FTSI: promotion of projects, studies or initiatives that benefit the improvement of quality at work, and one of its essential components as it is in the same security. Consistent with this objective, the National Forum on work safety was created in July 2008, (the first edition was dedicated to the occupational accidents. Prevention of occupational hazards as commitment), with the purpose of promoting comprehensive preventive culture between all agents in the labour market, and turn this forum into a national reference in the field of safety at work, especially in the industrial and metallurgical sector.

A globalLa industry vision is, clearly, where increased incidence have occupational diseases, according to the data of the first half of the period 2007-2009 collected by Osalan and the State Observatory on working conditions. At the national level in the industry is given 49% of occupational diseases with low recorded in all sectors, a figure that rises to 60% taking as sample scope only the Basque country. To see its impact on the population, using data from the first half of this year 2009, 57% of the EP with low, declared in the C.A.V. rests with only 24% of the total employed population (percentage of people working in the industrial sector). Also this same information is repeated, and even increases in prior periods (first quarter of 2007 and 2008).Within the steel industry, experts agree that 3 types of occupational diseases that stand out by their increased incidence or the severity of the damage caused. It is occupational diseases caused by crystalline silica, those derived from the noise and those generated by forced body postures and repetitive movements.Crystalline silica has been classified as carcinogenic to human lung and breathing its dust can cause silicosis, a disease that has no cure and that atrophies the absorption of oxygen from the lungs to create scar tissue on them. Silicosis also favors the appearance of lung infections such as tuberculosis.Hearing loss or deafness noise-induced, it especially affects those workers who are exposed daily to continuous noise whose sound level is equal to or greater than 80 decibels. 50% Of occupational deafness declared in Spain occur on Euskadi.Las occupational illnesses generated by forced body postures and repetitive movements at work represent 70% of the EP declared, a percentage that is applicable to both statewide and in the Basque country.