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Document ID (ISN)107553
CIS number 08-160
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Suuronen K., Jolanki R., Luukkonen R., Alanko K., Susitaival P.
Title Self-reported skin symptoms in metal workers
Bibliographic information Oct. 2007, Vol.57, No.4, p.259-264. 28 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this case-control study were to find out the frequency of skin symptoms in machinists and machine maintenance operators. A total of 726 exposed workers and 84 unexposed controls, all male, answered a structured telephone questionnaire on their work, atopy, skin symptoms and various personal factors. Data were subjected to logistic regression analysis. Of the metal workers, 20% reported recurring or prolonged dermatitis on their hands or forearms during the past 12 months. The dermatitis affected mostly the metal workers' mood and their activities at work. Recurring dermatitis elsewhere than in the hands and in connection with work was reported by 10% of the exposed workers. The risks of hand dermatitis were about double the risk of dermatitis on other parts of the body and about fourfold compared with those of the controls.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; skin diseases; risk factors; metalworking industry; cutting fluids
Descriptors (secondary) machine tools; frequency rates; male workers; Finland; state of health; machining; maintenance; motivation; work aptitude; upper extremities; hand; questionnaire survey; case-control study; individual susceptibility; statistical evaluation; subjective assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry
Skin diseases