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Document ID (ISN)56917
CIS number 91-1894
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yakes B., Kelsey K.T., Seitz T., Hashimoto D., Feldman H.A., Christiani D.C.
Title Occupational skin disease in newspaper pressroom workers
Bibliographic information June 1991, Vol.33, No.6, p.711-717. 15 ref.
Abstract Studies of printing industry tradespeople have reported an increased problem of dermatologic abnormalities, including contact dermatitis and dermatitis attributed to solvent exposure. The reported cross-sectional health survey of dermatological conditions was conducted in a follow-up of perceived skin abnormalities among newspaper pressroom workers. 215 pressroom workers and 34 compositors at a large northeastern US newspaper printing facility were surveyed. Printing pressroom workers reported skin condition symptoms at a significantly higher rate than did the compositor referent group. Pressroom workers also were found to be at a significantly elevated risk of developing dermatitis after self-reported exposure to certain commonly used solvents. This emphasises the need for proper work practices, product substitution where possible, and appropriate protective glove use by newspaper pressroom workers.
Descriptors (primary) printing and duplicating; printing industry; lithography; solvents; skin diseases; dermatitis; offset printing
Descriptors (secondary) USA; glycol ethers; aromatic hydrocarbons; isopropyl alcohol; aliphatic hydrocarbons; questionnaire survey; chlorinated hydrocarbons; statistical evaluation; printing inks
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Printing, photography and photocopying industry