Employment is a major determinant of health and healthy ageing
Working life exposures can lead to many diseases. It has been estimated that 1 in 4 of European citizens of working age suffer from a chronic health problem, which is the premier reason for workers to exit paid employment with large social and financial consequences. Unfortunately, little information is available on how work affects co-morbidity, the ability of workers with chronic disease to remain in paid employment, and the interplay between extended working careers, increasing longevity, and functional capacity.
Therefore, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment is important. Unfortunately, there is a major unutilized potential in exploring the association between working life or occupation and health. In Utrecht, research is focused on environmental and occupational risk factors for chronic diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
OPERAS - automated job coding using artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be applied to develop an expert system, which mimics human experts, for the process of coding occupational histories. The tool to be developed will improve the efficiency and feasibility of incorporating occupational risk factors into large-scale epidemiological studies substantially progressing the field of occupational health.
Historical exposure assessment for diverse workforces potentially exposed to chromium-6 in collaboration with Netherlands Expertise Centre for Occupational Respiratory Disorders (NECORD) and PreventPartner.
Duration: 2005 - 2022
Project member UU: Hans Kromhout
Platinum Salt Sensitization
Occupational exposure to soluble chlorinated platinum salts is a known cause of platinum salt sensitization and occupational asthma among precious metal refinery workers. In this 16-year retrospective study (2000-2015), we aim to obtain more evidence on the exposure-response relationship.
Project member UU: Lidwien Smit
Funding: International Platinum Group Metals Association (IPA)
LIFEWORK - Investigating the health risks of multiple environmental and occupational exposures
The prospective LIFEWORK cohort was established to collect a large amount of high quality data on occupational and environmental exposures using a harmonized core questionnaire. The study focuses on the impact of physical, biological and chemical exposures in our daily living environment: at home and at work.
COSMOS - Cohort Study of Mobile Phone Use and Health
COSMOS is a large prospective cohort study of mobile telephone users (ongoing recruitment of 250,000 men and women aged 18+ years in five European countries - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK) who will be followed up for 25+ years. Information on mobile telephone use is collected prospectively through questionnaires and objective traffic data from network operators. Associations with disease risks will be studied.