Work-related cancer, pregnancy loss and serious stress: this is the new table of work-related illnesses in Mexico



After 52 years without changes, anxiety disorders and specific diseases of women – such as pregnancy loss and endometriosis – will be considered occupational conditions by the Federal Labor Law (LFT). On October 24, the Senate unanimously approved the update of the table, an initiative that arose thanks to scientific evidence on the health effects and risk factors derived from the working conditions of workers. In addition, the tables and catalog of conditions will be reviewed and updated at least every five years or when the advancement of medical research requires it. With the approval of the Senate, the draft decree concludes its legislative process and will be sent to the Federal Executive for promulgation and publication.

What diseases were added?

The update of the table incorporates 88 new occupational diseases, going from 161 to 194 recognized conditions. More than 50 specialists from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) participated in the project, as well as occupational health experts. The update of the table incorporates 88 new occupational diseases. The updated table includes infectious and parasitic pathologies, all of them conditions that have increased worldwide. The following stand out:

  • Covid-19
  • serious stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • adjustment disorder
  • Thirty types of cancer of occupational origin
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Poisoning diseases

When will the table of work-related illnesses come into force?

The table of diseases will be published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) and the modifications will come into force the day after their publication. This tool will serve as an auxiliary instrument for doctors to diagnose conditions related to people’s work activities, and thus, extend disabilities. In addition, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) has a period of 45 business days to announce the new evaluation certificates.

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