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Document ID (ISN)107447
CIS number 07-1309
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McDonald J.C., Beck M.H., Chen Y., Cherry N.M.
Title Incidence by occupation and industry of work-related skin diseases in the United Kingdom, 1996-2001
Bibliographic information 2006, No.56, p.398-405. 7 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the incidence rates of work-related skin diseases reported by dermatologists and occupational physicians, with emphasis on contact dermatitis by occupation and industry. Cases reported in 1996-2001 to the EPIDERM and OPRA national surveillance schemes were analysed by causal agent, occupation and industry. Average annual incidence rates were 97 per million based on data from dermatologists and 623 from occupational physicians. The much higher rates reported by occupational physicians reflect, in part, the type of industries they served. Contact dermatitis was most frequently attributed to rubber chemicals, detergents and cleaning agents, wet work, nickel and acrylics, while most cases of contact urticaria were attributed to rubber chemicals or foods and flour. Frequency rates of contact dermatitis were highest among skilled workers in the petrochemical, rubber and plastic manufacturing, metal and automotive industries. High proportions of cases attributed to rubber chemicals were reported among nurses and technicians in health and social services.
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; frequency rates; industries
Descriptors (secondary) detergents; industrial physicians; rubber industry; nickel and compounds; United Kingdom; polyacrylates; food; cleaning agents; flour; occupation disease relation; eczema; urticaria; rubber chemicals; health care personnel; metalworking industry; motor vehicle industry; plastics converting industry; petrochemical industry; allergens
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases