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Document ID (ISN)60853
CIS number 93-1555
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goh C.L., Ho S.F.
Title Contact dermatitis dielectric fluids in electrodischarge machining
Bibliographic information Mar. 1993, Vol.28, No.3, p.134-138. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract An outbreak of irritant contact dermatitis is reported in the aerospace industry from electrodischarge machining (EDM). Twenty workers doing EDM developed irritant contact dermatitis from the dielectric fluid used in EDM, a form of precision metal-machining that is widely used in mould-making and precision engineering. Dielectric fluid contains hydrocarbons that are aromatic, paraffinic or naphthenic and are skin irritants. Irritant contact dermatitis from dielectric fluid has not been reported previously. EDM will become more widespread and occupational dermatitis from dielectric fluid is likely to become more prevalent in the future. This experience shows that irritant contact dermatitis from dielectric fluid can be prevented by simple preventive measures such as personal hygiene and health education.
Descriptors (primary) irritants; spark machining; eczema; aromatic hydrocarbons; dermatitis; fluids
Descriptors (secondary) skin diseases; newly industrialized countries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Aromatic hydrocarbons
Skin diseases