The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in August 1967 as a regional grouping to promote economic growth and socio-cultural progress. The founder members were Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It expanded to a group of ten Asian countries, with the further inclusion of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. By the end of 2015, it was intended that a closer ASEAN community linkage would be fully established through economic integration, cooperation and harmonisation which we can foresee the migration of workforces between ten ASEAN countries. With the formation of ASEAN community, there was also a recognition that there should be harmonisation of occupational health services, especially the standards and procedures including diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases.Methods
There were 5 meeting on these ASEAN Diagnostic Criteria for Occupational Diseases (ADCOD).Results
The ADCOD that was finished were Occupational Asthma, Occupational contact dermatitis, Heat stress, Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Chronic Silicosis, Occupational Pesticide Poisoning: Organophosphate and Carbamate Poisoning, Disease caused by lead and its Toxic Compounds: Inorganic Lead Poisoning, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Asbestosis. The criteria that was recently discussed in the 5th meeting are Diseases caused by Arsenic and its toxic compounds, Poisoning due to Trichloroethylene, Occupational diseases due to Vibration, Occupational Hepatitis B viral disease, Rotator cuff tendinopathies, Decompression illness and Mercury poisoning. We will discuss further how to execute these criteria to the ASEAN country. We also discuss about the ASEAN Network on Occupational Diseases Reporting-ANODE in which we will have the statistic of Occupational Diseases in each country in real time. This is very useful for preventing diseases.Conclusion
After we finished the meeting in June. We will have 16 ADCOD. This is very helpful for the Occupational Health system in ASEAN for we will have the criteria for diagnosis in the same in all ASEAN country. The diagnosis will be accurate for monitor the occupational health system. If there is a disease there will be some mistake in the system that need to correct. We will soon have the Network for Occupational Diseases reporting that will be very useful for ASEAN countries.