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Document ID (ISN)73388
CIS number 99-1263
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Loughney E., Harrison J.
Title Irritant contact dermatitis due to 1-bromo-3-chloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin in a hydrotherapy pool. Risk assessments: The need for continuous evidence-based assessments
Bibliographic information Oct. 1998, Vol.48, No.7, p.461-463. 7 ref.
Abstract A physiotherapist working in hydrotherapy presented with irritant contact dermatitis. Subsequent investigation revealed that the likely causative agent was 1-bromo-3-chloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin which was used to disinfect the hydrotherapy pool. A risk assessment had been performed which failed to take full account of current knowledge and this agent had been introduced into the workplace. The development of adverse health effects among staff and other pool users led to a review of the risk assessment and eventually a return to less hazardous chlorine-based disinfection. Had an evidence-based approach been combined with an appropriate assessment prior to and following changes in the workplace then unnecessary risk to employees would not have occurred. Topics: bromine and compounds; case study; dermatitis; disinfectants; eczema; hazard evaluation; health care personnel; irritation.
Descriptors (primary) dermatitis; eczema; bromine and compounds; health care personnel; disinfectants
Descriptors (secondary) case study; hazard evaluation; irritation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Halogens and their inorganic compounds
Health care services
Inorganic substances