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Document ID (ISN)107694
CIS number 08-91
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Slodownik D., Wohl Y., Mansura A., Moshe S., Sarbagil-Maman H., Shochat T., Levi Y., Brenner S., Ingber A.
Title Allergic contact dermatitis among maintenance and clerical workers in a military population
Bibliographic information Dec. 2006, Vol.55, No.6, p.335-337. 21 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the rate of contact dermatitis in the Israeli armed forces, the common causal allergens and the background of atopy in the subjects in order to design preventive measures. Medical records of all recruits from 2000 to 2003 were reviewed for possible mention of contact dermatitis. The 102 cases identified were further assessed for job assignment, atopic background and causal allergens. Among the cases identified, 60 had irritant contact dermatitis and 42 had allergic contact dermatitis, of which 33 were maintenance workers, mainly mechanics. 13 recruits in the maintenance job category and two soldiers in the clerical group had atopic backgrounds. There were 55 positive reactions in patch tests, 25 of them to oil and cooling fluids, with 14.5% attributed to Kathon CG. Atopy was found to be a risk factor for allergic contact dermatitis and should be screened for in job assignment procedures in the military. Oil and greases contain significant allergens, especially their preservatives.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; defence services; risk factors; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; thimerosal; Israel; isothiazolinones; Kathon CG; eczema; coolants; maintenance; office work; skin tests; transfer to other work; individual susceptibility; job-exposure relation; medical examinations; frequency rates; pre-employment medical examinations; nickel and compounds
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Skin diseases