What is Lexces

The key tasks of Lexces are aimed at the prevention and detection of occupational diseases resulting from exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

We pool, develop and share knowledge

1. We pool knowledge, thereby strengthening workplace prevention, early detection, diagnostics and treatment. 
Experts can share their experiences, including from the practical field, in the context of the LEXCES. In this way, signals from practice, from the scientific literature and resulting from their own scientific research support the prevention of occupational diseases caused by hazardous substances and the identification of new occupational diseases. The LEXCES brings this knowledge together.

2. We develop knowledge through research projects. 
We are a long way from knowing everything there is to know about occupational diseases caused by hazardous substances. That is why we conduct scientific and practical research. 

3. We actively communicate about the available knowledge 
We share and provide access to our scientific knowledge on the LEXCES website. The LEXCES can also actively draw attention to knowledge, where applicable in collaboration with other knowledge institutions. Education and communication aimed at professionals in the occupational health and safety field therefore constitute one of the LEXCES’ key tasks. 

We carry out activities in the area of training, prevention and early detection.

1. We provide support by making knowledge available to professionals and responsible persons in the workplace chain of prevention.

We make our knowledge available to professionals and responsible persons involved in:

  • providing information;
  • taking protective control measures;
  • monitoring health and safety in the workplace.

In so doing, we apply the scientific knowledge to the work situation by providing tools to improve training, prevention and early detection. 

We support occupational healthcare 

1. By sharing knowledge and providing advice, we help improve organisations and promote the funding of occupational healthcare 
This relates in particular to the position of occupational healthcare in curative care, including the availability and accessibility of occupational healthcare in primary, secondary and tertiary line healthcare when it comes to diagnostics, treatment and prevention. It also concerns the financing of occupational healthcare through a combination of the funds allocated under the Healthcare Insurance Act and private financing.

 2. We help safeguard the academic level of occupational healthcare. 
We do this in close collaboration with professional organisations, academic associations and training centres. We focus specifically on the formulation of quality criteria for experts in occupational disease and provide tools for the development of an academic degree programme and refresher training for experts in occupational diseases caused by hazardous substances.

We advise on compensation in the context of the TSB 

1. We advise on the likelihood that a current or previous employee who has fallen ill is suffering from an occupational disease covered by the TSB arrangement.

2. We identify and advise the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on new serious occupational diseases caused by exposure to hazardous substances.