COVID-19 as a Recognized Work-Related Disease: The Current Situation Worldwide

Sandal A., Yildiz A. N.

SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK, vol.12, no.1, pp.136-138, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, EMBASE, Index Islamicus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.136-138
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is a newly emerging infectious disease worldwide, can be categorized as an occupational disease, because employees, particularly in the healthcare system, can be infected at the workplace. As of December 15, 2020, we summarized the occupational safety and health practices in selected countries on the recognition of COVID-19 as one of the occupational risks. The situation has differed among countries, including the recognition status and whether a specific regulation existed. International organizations, namely the International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, and European Union, should plan and conduct studies on the work-relatedness of COVID19, propose criteria for recognition, and add the infection to the occupational disease list to provide a basis for specific country regulations. Stakeholders should also act to adjust country-level legislation. (C) 2021 Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Published by Elsevier Korea LLC.