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Document ID (ISN)60880
CIS number 93-1543
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tarvainen K., Jolanski R., Estlander T.
Title Occupational contact allergy to unsaturated polyester resin cements
Bibliographic information Apr. 1993, Vol.28, No.4, p.220-224. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract Six men contracted occupational allergic contact dermatitis from unsaturated polyester (UP) cements. 4 of the men were employed in car repair painting and the remaining 2 in mold manufacturing. The exposure time to UP cements ranged from 6 to 32 years before onset of skin symptoms. All patients had eczema on their hands; in addition, 4 had skin symptoms on airborne areas, i.e., wrists, neck and face. All 6 patients developed allergic reactions when patch tested with UP resin at 0.5-10% in petrolatum (pet.). None of the tested patients reacted to auxiliary or cross-linking chemicals of the cements. Diethylene glycol maleate (DGM) was purified and identified from the UP resin of a cement. 1 patient reacting to UP resin was also patch test positive to DGM and he produced an allergic reaction to DGM down to a concentration of 0.0032% pet. DGM wa found in both uncured and cured UP resin. None of the patients could continue their work with UP cements after their sensitisation.
Descriptors (primary) diethylene glycol; polyesters; maleates; sensitization; eczema; adhesives; coachwork; skin allergies
Descriptors (secondary) case study; skin tests; skin diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Allergies
Glycol ethers
Esters and salts
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry