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Document ID (ISN)68506
CIS number 97-134
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Laraqui C., Belamallem I., Harourate K., Amrani Joutey N., Ben Haymoud N., Verger C., Curtès J.P.
Title Study of occupational hazards in the Rabat tanning industry
Original title Etude de risques professionnels dans la tannerie de la ville de Rabat [in French]
Bibliographic information May 1996, Vol.57, No.3, p.200-204. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 30 male subjects in a Rabat tannery (Morocco) combining an analysis of working conditions, health examination, lung function test, chest X-ray, and biological monitoring (chromium blood and urinary levels and stool parasitological analysis). The study revealed poor working and hygiene conditions, lack of organization in the tanning process, lack of protection and non-compliance with regulations. Dermatosis was very frequent: mycosis 70%, tanner's disease 33.3%, palmar and plantar keratoderma 36.7%, allergic and irritating dermatitis 8.4%. Digestive (abdominal pain, transit problems) was found in 63.3% of the cases, lumbalgias and arthralgias in 3.3%. Occupational accidents were reported by the majority of the tanners. Seven had an abnormally high blood chromium level and two had high urinary level chromium level. The tanners were involved either in tanning or in chromium dyeing. No protection is available in the Rabat tannery. A health service as well as medical and technical prevention ought to be put in place urgently.
Descriptors (primary) tanning industry; health hazards
Descriptors (secondary) occupational accidents; Morocco; tanning agents; skin diseases; cross-sectional study; chrome ulcer; gastrointestinal diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; dermatitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceMorocco
Subject(s) Leather, fur and footwear
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Footwear, leather and fur industry