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Document ID (ISN)105762
CIS number 06-1399
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mygind K., Sell L., Flyvholm M.A., Frydendall Jepsen K.
Title High-fat petrolatum-based moisturizers and prevention of work-related skin problems in wet-work operations
Bibliographic information Jan. 2006, Vol.54, No.1, p.35-41. 27 ref.
Internet access 06-1399.pdf [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this study was to explore whether a high-fat petrolatum-based moisturizer could be an alternative to protective gloves in wet-work occupations. The study population consisted of gut cleaners in Danish swine slaughterhouses, divided into intervention and comparison groups. The intervention group was given written and oral information on the use of gloves and skin care. Data were collected by telephone interviews using a standardized questionnaire. 644 (88%) gut cleaners responded at baseline and 622 (72%) at a one-year follow-up. In the intervention group, the eczema frequency was reduced significantly. Detailed analyses revealed that protective gloves were the most effective means of protection and did not indicate that a high-fat moisturizer could be an alternative. A continuous focus on prevention of skin problems with information and discussions on the shop floor seemed to be most important for reducing skin problems.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; skin protection; slaughtering; skin creams
Descriptors (secondary) Denmark; information of personnel; questionnaire survey; skin diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin protection
Hand and arm protection