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Document ID (ISN)102507
CIS number 03-1657
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Spiewak R.
Title Occupational dermatoses among Polish private farmers, 1991-1999
Bibliographic information June 2003, Vol.43, No.6, p.647-655. Illus. 25 ref.
Internet access 03-1657.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to create reliable statistics on occupational dermatoses among self-employed Polish farmers. For all cases of work-related skin diseases diagnosed from 1991 to 1999, compensation records of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund were analysed for diagnoses, causative factors and health impairment of the skin. Since the introduction of a compensation system for occupational diseases and accidents in Poland in 1991, occupational dermatoses diagnosed among self-employed farmers have increased rapidly. The first case was registered in 1992. Until the end of 1999, there were 101 cases (63 women and 38 men). The incidence rose from 0.006/10,000/year in 1992 to 0.189/10,000/year in 1999. Allergic contact dermatitis was the most common diagnosis (86%), followed by infectious skin diseases (10%), irritant contact dermatitis (3%) and urticaria (2%). The most frequently-identified causative factors were plant dusts (38%), animal allergens (36%), metals (29%), pesticides (18%) and rubber chemicals (15%). The median impairment due to skin disease was 20% (range 2-36%).
Descriptors (primary) Poland; occupational diseases; frequency rates; agriculture; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; statistical evaluation; compensation of occupational diseases; statistical trends; metals; sickness absenteeism; pesticides; eczema; urticaria; infectious skin diseases; dust; rubber chemicals; handling of animals; role of insurance institutions; irritants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Skin diseases