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Document ID (ISN)104112
CIS number 05-293
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rischitelli G.
Title Dermatitis in a printed-circuit board manufacturing facility
Bibliographic information Feb. 2005, Vol.52, No.2, p.78-81. 9 ref.
Abstract Dermatitis complaints are frequently encountered among workers in the microelectronics industry and have been associated with a variety of physical, chemical and psychosocial causes. Employees working in the silk-screening and kiln-drying areas of a printed-circuit board manufacturer complained of recurrent itching and rashes. This report describes those symptoms and the results of a brief survey of the affected employees, which provided useful data regarding the likely aetiology. A brief epidemiological survey instrument was used to gain information regarding the pattern, duration and frequency of employee symptoms. Data from the survey were used to identify seasonal variations in symptoms that correlated with specific environmental factors in the plant. This brief epidemiological investigation using a self-reported symptom survey was an efficient tool for cataloguing the character, pattern, duration and frequency of complaints that correlated with specific environmental factors in the plant (temperature and low humidity), which were likely causes of the outbreak.
Descriptors (primary) printed circuits; microelectronics; dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) air temperature; humidity; subjective assessment; USA; epidemiologic study; symptoms; itch; skin eruption; aetiology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment