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Document ID (ISN)109695
CIS number 09-558
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2009
Convention or series no. DMT TA 81
Author(s) Crepy M.N.
Title Contact dermatitis caused by personal protective equipment (PPE)
Original title Dermatites de contact aux équipements de protection individuelle (EPI) [in French]
Bibliographic information 1st Quarter 2009, No.117, p.89-103. Illus. 93 ref.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Occupational skin diseases caused by personal protective equipment (PPE) essentially consist of irritant and/or allergic contact dermatitis and contact urticaria. Exposed occupations depend on the type of PPE used. This information note describes the types of PPE likely to cause contact dermatitis (gloves, shoes and boots, work clothing, diving equipment) and the responsible allergens. Aetiological diagnosis is based on anamnesis, clinical examinations and allergy tests. Collective prevention should make full use all of measures likely to reduce exposure, and the substitution of latex and the most common allergens in PPEs should be implemented wherever possible. Medical prevention is based on stopping all occupational and non occupational contact with the responsible allergens.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; France; personal protective equipment; eczema; dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) latex; urticaria; diagnosis; data sheet; substitution; skin tests; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Skin diseases