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Document ID (ISN)105020
CIS number 06-577
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sell L., Flyvholm M.A., Lindhard G., Mygind K.
Title Implementation of an occupational skin disease prevention programme in Danish cheese dairies
Bibliographic information Sep. 2005, Vol.53, No.3, p.155-161. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of a programme to reduce occupational skin diseases in the cheese industry. The programme involved training activities and elements from an occupational health-management system. The effects were studied by telephone interviews using a questionnaire on work and exposure. The study population consisted of all employees at five cheese plants, divided into an intervention group participating in the programme and a non-participating control group. At baseline in October 2002, 557 employees were surveyed (participation rate of 83.8%). At follow up one year later, 650 current and former employees answered (participation rate of 81.8%). At follow up, skin symptoms were reduced significantly in all cheese factories, and significant increases in the use of gloves and moisturizing creams were observed in the intervention group.
Descriptors (primary) health programmes; dairy industry; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; subjective assessment; Denmark; programme evaluation; eczema; case-control study; skin creams
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Food industry
Workplace health promotion