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Document ID (ISN)63000
CIS number 94-1674
ISBN(s) 87-7534-442-4
Year 1994
Convention or series no. AMI-rapport Nr.42/1994
Author(s) Flyvholm M.A.
Title Contact allergens in chemical products
Original title Kontaktallergener i kemiske produkter [in Danish]
Bibliographic information Direktoratet for Arbejdstilsynet, At-salg, Landskronagade 33, 2100 K°benhavn ě, Denmark, 1994. 88p. Price: DKK 235.00.
Abstract The Danish Product Register Database (PROBAS) was searched for information on 43 contact allergens in 18 product categories. Formaldehyde was present in products in all 18 categories; six other allergens were present in more than half. Some commonly registered amines are not included in standard patch tests, while one amine that figures in routine tests is rare in products on the market. Combination of interview data from eczema patients with product composition data from PROBAS helped identify formaldehyde-containing products as the source of their problem and led to solutions. Conversely, a widely used antioxidant, BHT, showed no sensitizing properties in 1336 eczema patients. Thus, product registers can be used to estimate exposure of patients to allergens.
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; 2,6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresol; chemical products; allergies; skin allergies; Denmark
Descriptors (secondary) eczema; industrial products; list of chemical substances; sensitization; skin tests; computerized data bases; substitution
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases