Brhel P, Occupational respiratory diseases in the Czech Republic, Ind Health, 2003;41:121-123,

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Presents the profile of occupational respiratory diseases in Czech Republic. In a retrospective study, the author analyses structure, causes, occurrence, and trends of occupational diseases. Between 1996 and 2000, a total of 2,127 new cases were recorded, of which 62.0% were pneumoconioses caused by dust containing free silica, 21.0% were occupational asthma or allergic rhinitis and the rest were divided between lung cancer (10.0%), asbestos-related disorders (4.4%) and variety of other respiratory diseases (2.7%). During the period of the investigations, the decreasing trend of occupational respiratory diseases, which began in 1992, has continued. Flours, animal epithelia and isocyanates have been identified as the main causes with bakers, food processors, farm workers, health care workers, textile workers, plastics processors, welders, paint sprayers and chemical processors being the main occupations at risk.

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