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Document ID (ISN)66845
CIS number 96-873
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heino T., Haapa K., Manelius F.
Title Contact sensitization to organosilane solution in glass filament production
Bibliographic information Apr. 1996, Vol.34, No.4, p.294. Illus. 2 ref.
Abstract Following recent reports of sensitization to silanes used as bonding agents between glass and resin in the coating of glass filaments, 61 workers in a glass fibre factory were exposed to a new coating mixture which contained polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, acetic acid and organosilane solution. At the same time, six other coating solutions were also in use. Eight workers developed an itchy erythematous papular dermatitis on parts of the body directly in contact with coating solutions. All had dermatitis on the hands, wrists and forearms, and, in addition, three on the face and the neck. All eight patients were patch tested with the standard series, a series of plastics and glues, and 20 substances in the coatings. Six out of eight patients tested were positive to one or more substances and, in all of these, occupational allergic contact dermatitis was confirmed. Five reacted to epoxy resin and two to formaldehyde, present in one coating solution as preservative. Organosilane solution is an important source of contact sensitization in the production of glass filaments.
Descriptors (primary) sensitization dermatitis; skin tests; skin allergies; silane
Descriptors (secondary) sensitization; allergens
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Inorganic substances