Methodology note on Northern Ireland's estimated work related health statistics

Date published: 12 March 2018

HSENI, within its Annual Report, produces Northern Ireland work related reportable injuries and ill health statistics. The published ill health statistics include asbestos related deaths in Northern Ireland and a summation of diseases reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (RIDDOR). Given the relatively small number of diseases reported, the RIDDOR information provides only a limited data source.

Data estimates for work related ill health are therefore usually quoted based on available HSE GB sources. While extremely useful, they are not as reflective of the local picture ie of the estimated extent to which the health of Northern Ireland’s working population may be affected by the work they do.

HSENI has now undertaken an exercise to produce estimated Northern Ireland work related ill health statistics. The attached paper outlines the methodology used in the process, both in terms of Northern Ireland specific data and that extrapolated data from GB. 

While a number of assumptions have been made in carrying out this exercise, and are noted in the methodology, the information is provided to illustrate the estimated extent of the impact that poor work related ill health can have on individuals, employers, the economy and on society in general. The cost of which is estimated to be over £238 million in 2014 – 2015 (68% of the overall estimated cost of workplace injuries and ill health).