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Document ID (ISN)77809
CIS number 01-1706
ISBN(s) 0-7176-1900-1
Year 2000
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 307/2000
Author(s) Livesley E., Rushton L.
Health and Safety Executive
Title The prevalence of occupational dermatitis amongst printers in the Midlands
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2000. vi, 74p. Illus. 33 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Abstract The objectives of this project were to quantify the extent of dermatitis in the printing industry, identify links between dermatitis and particular processes and activities, and to formulate proposals for reducing occupational dermatitis in this industry. Questionnaires were addressed to 2,600 workers in the graphics, paper and media sector, with a response rate of 62%, 41% of whom reported a skin complaint at some time and 26% a current skin problem on the hand. Prevalence was highest among persons involved in printing (49%). 45 subjects with self-reported current dermatitis and 60 controls were subjected to medical examination. It was estimated that for 26 (68%) cases, irritant contact dermatitis was caused by occupational factors. It was also found that many existing guidelines were not being properly implemented within the printing industry.
Descriptors (primary) printing industry; hand; dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; United Kingdom; report; risk awareness; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; personal protective equipment; medical examinations; limitation of exposure
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Skin diseases