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Document ID (ISN)104859
CIS number 06-369
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rasmussen K., Carstensen O., PontÚn A., Gruvberger B., Isaksson M., Bruze M.
Title Risk of contact allergy and dermatitis at a wind turbine plant using epoxy resin-based plastics
Bibliographic information Apr. 2005, Vol.78, No.3, p.211-217. 20 ref.
Abstract A cross-sectional study was carried out among workers exposed to epoxy resin and other chemicals at a company producing plastic components. Risk factors for occupational contact allergy and dermatitis were investigated. Participants responded to a self-administered questionnaire, were interviewed by an occupational physician and were subjected to dermatological examinations including patch testing. Clinically-diagnosed dermatitis was found among 214 workers (35.8%) and contact allergy to materials used in the workplace was found in 66 workers (10.9% of the total population and 20.3% of those who underwent patch testing), among whom 40 (60.6%) were allergic to epoxy compounds, 25 (37.9%) to hardeners and ten (15.2%) to other workplace materials. Older age and longer duration of employment were individual risk factors for allergy to workplace materials, while work-related allergies and longer duration of employment at the workplace were significant risk factors for dermatitis.
Descriptors (primary) epoxy resins; skin allergies; plastics converting industry; risk factors; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) length of service; cross-sectional study; length of exposure; age-linked differences; skin tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark; Sweden
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Skin diseases