A Survey on Occupational Accidents Recording and Registration Systems in the EU

Celeste Jacinto, Elaine M. Aspinwall

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This paper presents the results of a survey on the procedures for reporting occupational accidents in the EU countries. It focuses particularly on the reporting and registration systems, as well as on the main characteristics of National Databases being used for the production of official statistics. The survey shows that many European countries have different methods and procedures for collecting and compiling data on occupational accidents, which inevitably pose problems when comparing accident statistics between the EU member states. The paper includes a brief review of the main goals and achievements of the European Project ESAW (European Statistics on Accidents at Work), which was launched in 1990 by the Eurostat (European Statistics), for the harmonisation of occupational accidents statistics among the member states. It is believed that the new variables being introduced by the harmonised methodology will quickly affect the way in which managers and insurance companies carry out their current procedures in several EU member states. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommendations and the future trends are also analysed. In conclusion, the study identifies opportunities for further development and research in the reporting and registration systems of occupational accidents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-960
Number of pages28
JournalSafety Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Accident databases in Europe
  • Reporting accidents at work
  • Occupational accidents


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