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Document ID (ISN)105016
CIS number 06-617
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kaukiainen A., Riala R., Martikainen R., Estlander T., Susitaival P., Aalto-Korte K.
Title Chemical exposure and symptoms of hand dermatitis among construction painters
Bibliographic information July 2005, Vol.53, No.1, p.14.21. 32 ref.
Abstract In this study on the prevalence of hand dermatitis in construction painting in Finland, a cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted among 1000 male construction painters and 1000 male carpenters (response rates 60.6% and 60.4%, respectively). Two definitions for hand dermatitis symptoms were used: "liberal" (more than two symptoms), and "strict" (more than three symptoms). Responses were subjected to statistical analysis. Painters reported more symptoms of hand dermatitis than carpenters (previous 12-month prevalence with liberal criteria 22.5% and 14.2% respectively; with strict criteria 13.3% and 6.4% respectively). A dose-response relationship was found for reporting symptoms and exposure to several solvent-based and water-based paints. Overall, painters reported a significantly higher prevalence of symptoms of hand dermatitis than carpenters, with putties and plasters emerging as significant risk factors.
Descriptors (primary) dermatitis; building industry; hand; painting
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Finland; putties; carpentry; dose-response relationship; questionnaire survey; case-control study; length of exposure; plaster
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Construction industry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Construction industry and civil engineering
Surface treatment