Labor Minister Maxim Topilin said that currently workers and employers are not economically interested in identifying occupational diseases. The head of the Ministry of Labor said that about 7,000 to 10,000 occupational diseases are detected annually in Russia.
“The employer is practically not economically interested in identifying occupational diseases. To be honest employees are also not interested in finding a work-related illness, because it means that you need to change job because of harm to your health. And, as a rule, in these harmful jobs the salary is still higher. There are additional guarantees, additional holidays, extra days off, etc. How to balance this system? This is a question for which there is no answer yet.” – the minister said.
At the same time, Maxim Topilin emphasized that it is very important to create a system in which the employer will be economically interested in identifying occupational diseases in his employees. According to the minister, the government is currently negotiating on potential opportunities to reduce morbidity and mortality in industries.