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Document ID (ISN)40355
CIS number 83-1406
ISSN - Serial title 0303-7657 - Revista brasileira de sa˙de ocupacional
Year 1981
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Miri Vieira M.A., ┴lvares dos Santos J.P., Gondin Galbes F.
Title Work in contact with pentachlorophenol
Original title Trabalho em contato com pentaclorofenol [in Portuguese]
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 1981, Vol.9, No.36, p.31-35. Illus. 4 ref.
Abstract Case study of 17 workers in a pentachlorophenol plant; detailed medical data on 10 are presented. The skin lesions and other symptoms were typical effects of pentachlorophenol. The masks, goggles and boots worn by the workers were apparently inadequate to prevent exposure; by providing places close to the body where pentachlorophenol could accumulate, they may even have aggravated the problem. Contrary to published information, the skin lesions did not disappear when the workers were removed from exposure. Disfigurement was severe enough in some cases to produce psychological effects. It is recommended that collective, rather than personal, protection be emphasised (containment of pentachlorophenol at all stages of processing and use), that medical surveillance be increased, that appropriate medical treatment (including restorative surgery) be applied, and that counselling services be made freely available.
Descriptors (primary) chemical industry; hepatotoxic effects; dermatological effects; personal protective equipment; pentachlorophenol
Descriptors (secondary) case study; chloracne; impurities; psychological effects; medical supervision; health engineering
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Personal protection
Phenols and phenolic compounds
Alcohols
Chemical industry