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Document ID (ISN)104378
CIS number 05-646
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kütting B., Drexler H.
Title Effectiveness of skin protection creams as a preventive measure in occupational dermatitis: A critical update according to criteria of evidence-based medicine
Bibliographic information May 2003, Vol.76, No.4, p.253-259. 63 ref.
Internet access 05-0646.pdf [in English]
Abstract This literature survey examines evidence for the effectiveness of the generally recommended three-step skin protection programme in the prevention of occupational skin disease (skin protection before work, cleaning and skincare after work). Data in the literature are conflicting: some publications report on the positive aspects of skin protection, others stress the negative ones. Not enough data have been accumulated to prove the benefit of skin protection measures under real workplace conditions. It is unclear whether the various in vitro and in vivo methods used are suitable for the simulation of workplace conditions and if these test results can be related to real occupational exposures. For the evidence-based recommendation of skin protection, further studies are needed that evaluate the contribution of each single element of the skincare programme (products, frequency of application and education programme) under daily working conditions.
Descriptors (primary) skin creams; skin diseases; barrier creams; skin protection; evaluation of control measures
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; in vitro experiments; animal experiments
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Accident research
Skin protection
Skin diseases