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Document ID (ISN)62948
CIS number 94-1587
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Irvine C., Pugh C.E., Hansen E.J., Rycroft R.J.G.
Title Cement dermatitis in underground workers during construction of the Channel Tunnel
Bibliographic information Feb. 1994, Vol.44, No.1, p.17-23. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract A surveillance programme was set up to monitor and investigate underground cement workers and other workers with skin problems during construction of the Channel Tunnel. Of 1,138 men assessed during a 2-year period, 332 were diagnosed as having occupational dermatitis, past or present; 111 of the 466 grouters assessed had a history of the disease at some time. Overall, 96 of the 180 workers who were patch tested were found to be allergic to chromate. Most cases of occupational dermatitis improved with regular medical supervision, education and personal protective measures. The addition of ferrous sulfate has been shown to decrease the level of allergenic hexavalent chromate in cement.
Descriptors (primary) skin allergies; civil engineering; underground work; cement dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; epoxy resins; cobalt; nickel; ferrous sulfate; chromates; personal protective equipment; skin tests; medical supervision; safety and health training; substitution
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Construction industry and civil engineering
Allergies