Apprenticeship is a period of increased risk of developing work-related respiratory allergic diseases. There is a need for documents to provide appropriate professional advice to young adults aiming to reduce unsuitable job choices and prevent impairment from their careers. The present document is the result of a consensus reached by a panel of experts from European and non-European countries addressed to allergologists, pneumologists, occupational physicians, primary care physicians, and other specialists interested in this field, which aims to reduce work-related respiratory allergies (rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma) among allergic or nonallergic apprentices and other young adults entering the workforce. The main objective of the document is to issue consensus suggestions for good clinical practice based on existing scientific evidence and the expertise of a panel of physicians.

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Moscato, G., Pala, G., Boillat, M. A., Folletti, I., Gerth van Wijk, R., Olgiati-Des Gouttes, D., … Tarlo, S. M. (2011). EAACI Position Paper: Prevention of work-related respiratory allergies among pre-apprentices or apprentices and young workers. Allergy, 66(9), 1164–1173. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2011.02615.x