For working days lost, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) gives estimates and rates of the total number of days off work due to work-related illness where:
– Working days lost due to work-related illness is a measure of the total time lost due to all episodes of the illness over the 12 month reference period whereas working days lost due to workplace injury is a measure of the elapsed time between injury and returning to work and does not include any subsequent time taken off work
– Rates presented are in the form of average annual working days lost (full-day equivalent) per full-time equivalent worker
People who have conditions which they think have been caused or made worse by their current or past work, as estimated from the LFS. Estimates are based on the most serious work-related illness, as defined by the individual, if they have more than one. HSE has collected data on ill health through the LFS, periodically since 1990 and annually from fiscal year 2001-2002, with the exception of fiscal years 2002-2003 and 2012-2013 when no ill health data were collected.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is the system used in UK official statistics for classifying workers by the type of job they are engaged in. This has been revised several times, and the LFS has been coded using SOC 2010 starting with the fiscal year 2010-2011, replacing SOC 2000 used since 2001-2002.
With roots stretching back to 1833 the modern HSE is an independent regulator with over forty years’ experience helping Great Britain work well. The Labor Force Survey is a survey of households living at private addresses in the UK. Its purpose is to provide information on the UK labor market which can then be used to develop, manage, evaluate and report on labor market policies. The survey is managed by the Office for National Statistics in Great Britain and by the Central Survey Unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETINI).
Since 1992, the LFS in Great Britain has run as a quarterly survey (fiscal year 1994-1995 for Northern Ireland). The quarterly surveys have until spring 2006 operated on a seasonal quarter basis. However, mostly due to an EU requirement under regulation, in May 2006 the LFS moved to calendar quarters. The 2006-2007 fiscal year data is the first set of HSE data based on the LFS to be affected by this change. The LFS is intended to be representative of the whole population of the UK, and the sample design currently consists of around 37,000 responding households in every quarter. The quarterly survey has a panel design whereby households stay in the sample for five consecutive quarters (or waves), with a fifth of the sample replaced each quarter. Thus there is an 80% overlap in the samples for each successive survey.