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Document ID (ISN)102970
CIS number 03-1647
Year 2002
Convention or series no. Mitteilung Nr. 10/2002
Author(s) Naumann C., Aue H.D.
Title Preventive occupational medicine in enterprises where wet work is carried out - Results of a prevention project
Original title Medizinischer Arbeitsschutz in Betrieben mit Feuchtarbeit - Ergebnisse eines gewerbeärztlichen Präventionsprojektes [in German]
Bibliographic information Sächsisches Landesinstitut für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Reichsstrasse 39, 09112 Chemnitz, Germany, 2002. 26p. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract Skin diseases are among the most frequent occupational diseases. They are particularly problematic in situations where workers are required to frequently carry out tasks with wet hands. Consequently, within the scope of its control activities, the Department of Preventive Medicine of the State of Saxony, Germany, carried out a survey of skin diseases and preventive measures taken in 292 small enterprises, and provided workers with advice on prevention. The survey found evidence of skin diseases in 26 enterprises. Groups of workers most affected included, in order of decreasing importance: hairdressers, salespersons in flower shops, machinists, beauticians, medical and dental assistants and enamel workers. A preventive programme was launched among workers with skin diseases, the first measure being to organize the work so as to limit the tasks that may be harmful to the skin. It is also advised to wear waterproof gloves, and in some cases to wear cotton gloves under the waterproof gloves.
Descriptors (primary) plant health organization; industrial physicians; skin diseases; Germany
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; small enterprises; flowers; dental assistants; survey; hairdressing; enamelling
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Occupational health services
Skin diseases