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Table 1 Some examples of indicators and their reference

From: Epidemiological and performance indicators for occupational health services: a feasibility study in Belgium

Category Indicator Definition Classification External/internal OHS Reference Epidemiological/performance
Administration NACE-Bel Code   Administration I Annual report enterprise E
Administration Financial - % of total health expenditure,% of GNP/GDP Administration I Kreis & Bödeker P
Administration Enterprises - Total number of enterprises Administration E Kreis & Bödeker P
Administration Occupational safety and health professionals - Number of workplace health promotion specialists Administration E/I OccHealth Indicators/Annual report/Good Practice P
Chemical, biological and physical agents Noise - % of employees exposed to noise so loud that you would have to raise your voice to talk to people Input E/I Kreis & Bödeker/PVI/OSHA E
Chemical, biological and physical agents Noise - Noise induced hearing loss Input E/I Kreis & Bödeker/PVI/OSHA E
- Tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears)
- Threshold shift (initially temporary but becoming permanent with prolonged exposure)
- Loss of high frequency sounds resulting in communication problems
- Loss of interaction at social functions
- Noise exposure can also have secondary effects such as stress and interference with communication in the workplace causing injury events.
Individual and organisation Work rhythms - Minutes per day normally spent travelling from home to work and back Input I Kreis & Bödeker E
Individual and organisation Worked hours - Days covered by employer Input E/I Kreis & Bödeker P
Information sessions Information sessions given and followed - Information sessions for employees Activity E/I Kreis & Bödeker/Annual report/TWW/PVI P
- Information sessions for new employees
Information sessions Information sessions given and followed - % of enterprises providing information on risks resulting from the working conditions Activity E/I Kreis & Bödeker/Annual report/TWW/PVI P
Individual and organisation Financial - Cost of lost working days due to sickness absence Output I Kreis & Bödeker P
Individual and organisation Reintegration and disability management - % of enterprises/institutions providing action on reintegration of staff (especially disabled staff) when they return to work after a longer-term period of sick-leave Output E/I Kreis & Bödeker/Goodpractice/OccHealth Indicators E
Individual and organisation Reintegration and disability management - % of partially disabled persons of working age in regular occupational activity (by cause, age, gender, occupation) Output E/I Kreis & Bödeker/Goodpractice/OccHealth Indicators E