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Document ID (ISN)111784
CIS number 11-0368
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dulon M., Peters C., Wendeler D., Nienhaus A.
Title Trends in occupational airway diseases in German hairdressers: Frequency and causes
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.54, p.486-493. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract Hairdressers are exposed to several allergens and irritants known to cause obstructive airway diseases (OAD). In the early 1990s, high incidence rates of OAD were observed in German hairdressers. It was expected that modification of formulations would resolve the problem. This study analysed the numbers of confirmed cases reported of allergen, latex and irritant-induced OAD in German hairdressers, as registered by the responsible compensation board. From 1998 until 2003, the number of confirmed cases of OAD stayed at a plateau of 60, after which a downward trend was apparent. Hair dyes and acid perms were most often identified as the substances causing OAD. The cases of OAD in German hairdressers are still frequent. Exposure to known airway irritants is still occurring in spite of modification of the formulations. Continuous medical surveillance of hairdressers is recommended, in order to detect individual susceptibility, especially in apprentices.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; obstructive ventilatory impairment; compensation of occupational diseases; hairdressing
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; allergens; hair preparations; long-term study; medical supervision; apprentices; statistical trends
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)