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Document ID (ISN)74214
CIS number 00-167
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Uter W., Pfahlberg A., Gefeller O., Schwanitz H.J.
Title Hand dermatitis in a prospectively-followed cohort of hairdressing apprentices: Final results of the POSH study
Bibliographic information Nov. 1999, Vol.41, No.5, p.280-286. 20 ref.
Abstract The risk of developing occupational irritant hand dermatitis was evaluated in respect to constitution (atopy) and occupational exposure among 2,352 hairdressing apprentices in vocational training schools in northwest Germany. Unprotected wet work of more than 2h per day was the major significant risk factor. Low ambient absolute humidity was equally associated with a significantly increased risk. Compared to the youngest age group, risk diminished with increasing age. Constitutional risk factors were difficult to evaluate because of selective dropout of atopic participants. The most beneficial factors for primary prevention appear to be a population approach, improvement of working conditions and skin protection for all exposed persons.
Descriptors (primary) irritants; dermatitis; risk factors; hairdressing; hand
Descriptors (secondary) humidity; healthy worker effect; individual susceptibility; skin diseases; cohort study; morbidity
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