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Document ID (ISN)66288
CIS number 96-827
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koo D., Goldman L., Baron R.
Title Irritant dermatitis among workers cleaning up a pesticide spill - California 1991
Bibliographic information 1995, Vol.27, No.4, p.545-553. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Among a group of 42 county jail inmates who removed dead fish from a river following a spill of metam sodium, 27 had dermatitis involving the feet and ankles. Dermatitis was associated with lower extremity water contact; attack rate increased with time spent in the water. Workers who changed to dry clothing after the clean-up did not report dermatitis. The river concentration of methylisothiocyanate (the decomposition product of metam sodium and a known skin irritant) measured 20-40ppb at the time of exposure. It is suggested that prolonged wetness, occlusive boots, friction and heat contributed to the irritation at this low concentration.
Descriptors (primary) methyl isothiocyanate; spills; eczema; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) cohort study; irritants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Cyano compounds
Agricultural chemicals