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Industrial Injuries Advisory Council reports

These reports examine the evidence on matters related to the Industrial Injuries Scheme.

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) monitors the changing scientific evidence related to the Industrial Injuries Scheme and publishes reports of its reviews.

This collection brings together:

  • command papers – reports resulting in recommendations for changes to legislation
  • position papers – reports of full reviews that do not result in a recommendation for a legislative change
  • information notes – reports of reviews if there is insufficient evidence for a position paper
  • commissioned reviews

You can view a full list of our independent reports dating back to 1950 on the National Archives website.

Command papers

If a full review results in a recommendation for a legislative change, IIAC publishes the report as a command paper.

  1. Diseases with multiple known causes, occupational injuries, and medical assessment: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  2. Latex anaphylaxis review: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  3. Nasal carcinoma and occupational exposure to wood dust: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  4. Diffuse pleural thickening: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  5. Extrinsic allergic alveolitis: isocyanates and other occupational causes: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  6. Cancers due to ionising radiation: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  7. Presumption that a disease is due to the nature of employment: the role of rebuttal in claims assessment: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  8. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema: effects of treatment and the medical assessment: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  9. Industrial diseases: presumption that a disease is due to the nature of employment: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  10. Dupuytren’s contracture due to hand-transmitted vibration: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  11. Terminal cancers and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  12. Occupational chloracne: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  13. Lung cancer in coke oven workers: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  14. Osteoarthritis of the knee in carpet fitters and carpet and floor layers: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  15. Chromium and sino-nasal cancer: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  16. Osteoarthritis of the knee in coal miners: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  17. Bronchiolitis obliterans and food flavouring agents: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  18. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  19. Nasopharyngeal cancer due to exposure to wood dust: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  20. Completion of the review of the scheduled list of prescribed diseases: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  21. Work-related upper limb disorders: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  22. Extrinsic allergic alveolitis: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  23. Vinyl chloride monomer-related diseases: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  24. Asbestos-related diseases: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  25. Hand-arm vibration syndrome: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  26. Osteoarthritis of the hip in farmers: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  27. Inflammation or ulceration of the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory passages or mouth produced by dust, liquid, or vapour: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  28. Hand arm vibration syndrome (vascular and neurological components involving the fingers and thumb): IIAC report

    • Independent report
  29. Disorders of the knee: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  30. Conditions due to chemical agents: IIAC report

    • Independent report
  31. The self-employed in construction and agriculture: IIAC report

    • Independent report

Position papers

Position papers don’t make recommendations for a legislative change but report the council’s considered view at a particular time, taking into account the evidence available.

  1. Occupational exposure to crystalline silica and its relation to connective tissue diseases: IIAC position paper 42

    • Independent report
  2. Coal mining, silicosis and lung cancer: IIAC position paper 41

    • Independent report
  3. Lymphatic and haematopoietic cancers and work involving exposure to trichloroethylene: IIAC position paper 40

    • Independent report
  4. Renal cancer and occupational exposure to trichloroethylene: IIAC position paper 39

    • Independent report
  5. Noise, occupational deafness and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: IIAC position paper 38

    • Independent report
  6. Anxiety and depression in teachers and healthcare workers: IIAC position paper 37

    • Independent report
  7. Cataracts and ionising radiation: interventional cardiologists and radiologists (IIAC position paper 36)

    • Independent report
  8. Epicondylitis and occupational activity: IIAC position paper 35

    • Independent report
  9. Diseases with multiple known causes and rebuttal in the industrial injuries scheme: IIAC position paper 34

    • Independent report
  10. Ocular melanoma and occupation: IIAC position paper 33

    • Independent report
  11. Work as a dry cleaner and cancers of the oesophagus and cervix: IIAC position paper 32

    • Independent report
  12. Bladder cancer in hairdressers, barbers and textile workers: IIAC position paper 31

    • Independent report
  13. Shift working and breast cancer: IIAC position paper 30

    • Independent report
  14. Lung cancer and foundry workers: IIAC position paper 29

    • Independent report
  15. Exposure to lead: effects on fertility and cancer: IIAC position paper 28

    • Independent report
  16. Beryllium and lung cancer: IIAC position paper 27

    • Independent report
  17. Laryngeal cancer and strong acid mists: IIAC position paper 26

    • Independent report
  18. Shift working: effects on breast cancer and ischaemic heart disease: IIAC position paper 25

    • Independent report
  19. Cadmium and genito-urinary cancers: IIAC position paper 24

    • Independent report
  20. Pleural plaques: IIAC position paper 23

    • Independent report
  21. Laryngeal cancer and asbestos exposure: IIAC position paper 22

    • Independent report
  22. Testicular cancer in fire fighters: IIAC position paper 21

    • Independent report
  23. Asbestos exposure and retroperitoneal fibrosis: IIAC position paper 20

    • Independent report
  24. Pesticides and Parkinson's disease: IIAC position paper 19

    • Independent report
  25. Back and neck pain: IIAC position paper 18

    • Independent report
  26. Interstitial fibrosis in coalworkers: IIAC position paper 17

    • Independent report
  27. Occupational voice loss: IIAC position paper 16

    • Independent report
  28. Sporting injuries: IIAC position paper 15

    • Independent report
  29. Silica-related renal and connective tissue diseases: IIAC position paper 14

    • Independent report
  30. Stress and post-traumatic stress disorder at work: IIAC position paper 13

    • Independent report
  31. The neurobehavioural effects of chronic exposure to organic solvents: IIAC position paper 12

    • Independent report
  32. Lung function assessment in underground coal miners: IIAC position paper 11

    • Independent report

Information notes

If the council reviews a topic but there is insufficient evidence for a position paper, it publishes an information note online.

  1. Entitlement to benefit and medical assessment within the IIDB scheme: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  2. Occupational risks for urolithiasis: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  3. Non-melanoma skin cancer and occupational exposure to (natural) UV radiation: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  4. Cadmium and rheumatoid arthritis: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  5. Hand-arm vibration syndrome and risk from motorcycle handlebars: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  6. Trichloroethylene and cervical cancer: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  7. Noise induced hearing loss and work with nailing and stapling guns: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  8. Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist/forearm rotation: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  9. Neurodegenerative diseases in professional sportspersons: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  10. Osteoarthritis of the knee and work in the construction industry: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  11. Lung cancer and diesel exhaust emissions in miners: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  12. Lung and bladder cancer and diesel exhaust emissions: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  13. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in woodworkers: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  14. Asthma in cleaners: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  15. Bladder cancer and mineral oils: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  16. Cancers of the larynx or ovary and work with asbestos: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  17. Noise induced hearing loss in certain occupations: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  18. Hepatitis E infection and occupation: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  19. Lung cancer and dioxins: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  20. Lung cancer and welding: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  21. Lung cancer in haematite workers: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  22. Bladder cancer and pre-bake aluminium smelters: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  23. Osteoarthritis of the knee in tin miners: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  24. Cancer risk in painters: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  25. Lobar pneumonia in welders: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  26. Silica and lung cancer: IIAC information note

    • Independent report
  27. Ionising radiation and ischaemic heart disease: IIAC information note

    • Independent report

Commissioned reviews

IIAC commissions independent reviews of topics from time to time.

Published 14 July 2014
Last updated 19 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 1 command paper - 'Diseases with multiple known causes, occupational injuries, and medical assessment (Cm 9632)', 1 information note - 'Entitlement to benefit and medical assessment within the IIDB scheme', and 2 position papers - 'Coal mining, silicosis and lung cancer (position paper 41)' and 'Occupational exposure to crystalline silica and its relation to connective tissue diseases (position paper 42)'.
  2. Added 2 information notes: (1) Non-melanoma skin cancer and occupational exposure to (natural) UV radiation (2) Occupational risks for urolithiasis.
  3. Added 6 reports: (1) Nasal carcinoma and occupational exposure to wood dust, (2) Latex anaphylaxis review, (3) Anxiety and depression in teachers and healthcare workers (position paper 37), (4) Noise, occupational deafness and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (position paper 38), (5) Renal cancer and occupational exposure to trichloroethylene (position paper 39) and (6) Lymphatic and haematopoietic cancers and work involving exposure to trichloroethylene (position paper 40). Items 5 and 6 were originally published as information notes in May 2017.
  4. Added 2 information notes: (1) Cadmium and rheumatoid arthritis (2) Hand-arm vibration syndrome and risk from motorcycle handlebars.
  5. Added 3 information notes: (1) Lymphatic and haematopoietic cancers and work involving exposure to trichloroethylene (2) Trichloroethylene and cervical cancer (3) Renal cancer and occupational exposure to trichloroethylene.
  6. Added 'Noise induced hearing loss and work with nailing and stapling guns: IIAC information note'.
  7. Added 3 information notes – Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist/forearm rotation – Neurodegenerative diseases in professional sportspersons – Osteoarthritis of the knee and work in the construction industry.
  8. Added command paper – Cancers due to ionising radiation: IIAC report
  9. Added – Lung cancer and diesel exhaust emissions in miners: IIAC information note
  10. Added – Lung and bladder cancer and diesel exhaust emissions: IIAC information note
  11. Added – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in woodworkers: IIAC information note
  12. Published Epicondylitis and occupational activity: IIAC position paper 35.
  13. Added 'Assessing disablement under the IIDB scheme: a critical review and international comparison' to commissioned reviews.
  14. Added position paper 33: Ocular melanoma and occupation
  15. Published report about the effects of treatment and the medical assessment of chronic bronchitis and emphysema (PD D12, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  16. First published.