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Document ID (ISN)72868
CIS number 99-905
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Uter W., Pfahlberg A., Gefeller O, Schwanitz H.J.
Title Prevalence and incidence of hand dermatitis in hairdressing apprentices: Results of the POSH study
Bibliographic information Oct. 1998, Vol.71, No.7, p.487-492. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract A cohort of 2352 hairdressing apprentices was prospectively followed for the three years of their vocational training. The point prevalence of (mostly slight) irritant skin changes of the hands increased from 35.4% to 55.1% during the period. Given a more conservative definition of a case of "hand dermatitis", these estimates increased from 12.9% to 23.9%. Results appear to lie in a range similar to those found in other, smaller cohort studies. Compared with an external control group of office apprentices, the incidence of hand dermatitis was several times higher in the hairdressing apprentices, suggesting a high risk for skin damage in this occupation. Topics: cohort study; dermatitis; hairdressing; hand; irritation; morbidity; skin diseases.
Descriptors (primary) irritation; hairdressing; hand; dermatitis
Descriptors (secondary) morbidity; cohort study; skin diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Hairdressing & beauty parlours