ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)100332
CIS number 02-1253
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goon A.T.J., Goh C.L.
Title Occupational skin diseases in national servicemen and military personnel in Singapore, 1989-1999
Bibliographic information Feb. 2001, Vol.44, No.2, p.89-90. 1 ref.
Abstract In a study of occupational skin disease in the armed forces of Singapore, all military personnel and conscripts diagnosed with occupational dermatoses in the National Skin Centre, Singapore, between 1989-1999 were studied retrospectively. Conscripts and regulars comprised 7.3% of all the occupational skin disease patients examined. All were male, with a mean age of 23 years. Irritant contact dermatitis was more common than allergic contact dermatitis, by a ratio of 4.4:1. The most common activities associated with occupational skin diseases were those involving vehicle repairs and maintenance (48%) and food handling (19%). The most common irritants were oil/grease (66%), wet work (23%) and solvents (18%). The most common allergens were food (40%) and chromates (20%). In conclusion, military personnel and conscripts make up a significant proportion of occupational skin disease patients seen in Singapore.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; irritants; defence services; skin diseases; Singapore
Descriptors (secondary) food; skin wetness; skin allergies; chromates; vehicle repair and servicing; long-term study; frequency rates; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Skin diseases