Torben Sigsgaard

Current and new challenges in occupational lung diseases

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  • Sara De Matteis, Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK, Storbritannien
  • Dick Heederik, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands., Holland
  • Alex Burdorf, Dept of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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  • Claudio Colosio, Dept of Health Sciences of the University of Milan and International Centre for Rural Health of the S. Paolo Hospital, Milan, Italy., Italien
  • Paul Cullinan, Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK., Storbritannien
  • Paul K Henneberger, Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV, USA.
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  • Ann Olsson, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 69008 Lyon, France., Frankrig
  • Anne Raynal, Occupational Medicine Division, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa., Sydafrika
  • Jos Rooijackers, Netherlands Expertise Center for Occupational Respiratory Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands., Holland
  • Tiina Santonen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland., Finland
  • Joaquin Sastre, Allergy Service, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Faculty of Medicine Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, CIBER of Respiratory Diseases, Ministry of Economy, Madrid, Spain., Spanien
  • Vivi Schlünssen
  • Martie van Tongeren, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health; Centre for Epidemiology; Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care; School of Health Sciences; Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, UK., Storbritannien
  • Torben Sigsgaard
  • European Respiratory Society Environment and Health Committee

Occupational lung diseases are an important public health issue and are avoidable through preventive interventions in the workplace. Up-to-date knowledge about changes in exposure to occupational hazards as a result of technological and industrial developments is essential to the design and implementation of efficient and effective workplace preventive measures. New occupational agents with unknown respiratory health effects are constantly introduced to the market and require periodic health surveillance among exposed workers to detect early signs of adverse respiratory effects. In addition, the ageing workforce, many of whom have pre-existing respiratory conditions, poses new challenges in terms of the diagnosis and management of occupational lung diseases. Primary preventive interventions aimed to reduce exposure levels in the workplace remain pivotal for elimination of the occupational lung disease burden. To achieve this goal there is still a clear need for setting standard occupational exposure limits based on transparent evidence-based methodology, in particular for carcinogens and sensitising agents that expose large working populations to risk. The present overview, focused on the occupational lung disease burden in Europe, proposes directions for all parties involved in the prevention of occupational lung disease, from researchers and occupational and respiratory health professionals to workers and employers.

TidsskriftEuropean respiratory review : an official journal of the European Respiratory Society
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 31 dec. 2017

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