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Document ID (ISN)101259
CIS number 03-202
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Livesley E.J., Rushton L., English J.S., Williams H.C.
Title The prevalence of occupational dermatitis in the UK printing industry
Bibliographic information July 2002, Vol.59, No.7, p.487-492. 15 ref.
Abstract In this study on occupational dermatitis in the printing industry, a questionnaire was addressed to members of the Graphical, Paper and Media Union living in Nottinghamshire. 1189 respondents were directly involved in the printing industry and categorized according to work in pre-press (25%), printing itself (46%) or finishing (42%) processes. 490 respondents (41%) reported having a skin complaint at some time. Prevalence was highest in males (43%) and those working in printing (49%), in particular those who cleaned rollers and cylinders or who came into daily contact with isocyanates. The most commonly affected areas reported were the fingers and webs between the fingers. 26% reported a current problem on the hand. Reported symptoms included itching (61%), rash (58%), and dry skin (56%). Reported use of protective equipment and cleansing products was generally high. Selected respondents were invited for a short dermatological examination, which confirmed the high self reported prevalence and also identified a substantial proportion of mild cases which were not reported.
Descriptors (primary) printing industry; occupational diseases; hand; dermatitis; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) isocyanates; itch; skin eruption; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; notification of occupational diseases; medical examinations; cylinder printing machines
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Skin diseases