Occupational medicine in Denmark
Beginning: The doctor C.J.E Hornemann, was one of the first, which in 1872 investigated child labour in Danish factories. Two percent of the workers were children and several of them were under 10 years.
In 1873 the first steps taken towards the establishment of The Danish Working Environment Authority
The countries first occupational phycician was Skuli Gudjonsson, who in 1939 became the first professor of Hygiene, University of Aarhus. The focus was on lung diseases and toxicology.
In 1946 the first Department of Occupational medicine at the Rigshospitalet in Kopenhagen was established.
In 1982 the specialty was recognized and the training organized.
Population of Denmark
Workforce 2.800 000
Physicians in Denmark
65 working in the specialty (129 total) Specialists of occupational medicine
Nature of Occupational Health Services
- Public health care (Hospitals)
- Very few in private companies (5-6)
Postgraduate training takes five years after the basic training (1 year), Tree years in a hospitaldepartment of Occupational Medicine, two years in, rehabilitation, lungdiseases, neurology, dermatology). Workplace knowledge and visits on workplaces with the Danish Working Environment Authority. Theoretical training in epidemiology and statistics, professional diseases, risk assesment, industrial hygienics, heath promotion and a scientifik thesis or article.
Continuing Medical Education is not to be licenced by the authorities, but there is much focus on it in the specialty..
- Diagnosis of Occupational Diseases
- Risk assesment
- Councelling to the employers and employees.
- Research in preventing Occupational disease
- Work related metal diseases
- Ability to work and sickness absence
- Professional diseases
Dansk Selskab for Arbejds- og miljømedicin
Occupational Medicine in Denmark by Ole Carstensen 2015
Outreach in Occupational Medicine in Denmark, by, Anders Ingemann Larsen 2015
The Danish scientific association for environmental and occupational medicine DASAM
President: Harald William Meyer
Address: Department of Occupational Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital Website: www.dasam.dk