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Document ID (ISN)100336
CIS number 02-1250
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Saary M.J., House R.A., Holness D.L.
Title Dermatitis in a particleboard manufacturing facility
Bibliographic information June 2001, Vol.44, No.6, p.325-330. 11 ref.
Abstract To assess the prevalence and nature of skin complaints in the refining and drying department of a particleboard manufacturing facility, workers were assessed by a physician using a standardized questionnaire concerning symptoms, past and family history, workplace exposures, and use of protective equipment. Cutaneous examination and patch testing were also performed. Questionnaire results showed that workers complained of rash, nasal and eye irritation, as well as cough and bothersome odours. Cutaneous examination identified a heterogeneity of skin problems, with dermatitis being mainly irritant rather than allergic. Quaternium-15 was the only allergen to which more than one individual reacted. Aside from the odours, exposure to wood dust could account for the other reported symptoms. There were few allergic reactions on patch testing, and most skin reactions were irritant. Recommendations included improved dust control, through ventilation and personal hygiene measures, as well as protective clothing.
Descriptors (primary) fibreboard; woodworking industry; dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; skin tests; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Woodworking industry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry