Occupational exposure is a potential cause of almost all respiratory diseases. The contribution of the work environment to the development and aggravation of disease is often under-recognised and certainly under-reported. Efforts should be made at a European level to increase the recognition of occupational respiratory diseases amongst the medical profession, expand knowledge about the epidemiology of these diseases through adequate registration systems, and improve their prevention by setting exposure standards and reducing the exposure of the working population.

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