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Document ID (ISN)75680
CIS number 00-1329
ISSN - Serial title 0343-2432 - Dermatosen in Beruf und Umwelt
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Berndt U., Hinnen U., Iliev D., Elsner P.
Title Swiss prospective eczema study on metal workers "PROMETES": Results of a longitudinal study on hand eczema
Original title PROMETES - Schweizer prospektive Metallarbeiter-Ekzem-Studie: Ergebnisse einer Lńngsschnitt-Untersuchung zum Handekzem [in German]
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 1999, Vol.47, No.4, p.150-156. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract 205 apprentices of 24 Swiss metal working enterprises were followed dermatologically over a period of 2.5 years. A workplace diary was used to note relevant occupational exposures as well as the use of barrier creams and gloves. Non-occupational exposures were also noted. Skin examination was performed regularly and biophysical parameters of the skin measured. 23% of the subjects developed hand eczema symptoms, most of them early during the observation period. Eczema develops because of irritants in the cutting fluid. Lacking personal hygiene was a contributing factor and mechanical stress may enhance the irritant effect of the cutting fluid.
Descriptors (primary) eczema; apprentices; metalworking industry; hand
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; occupational diseases; Switzerland; cutting fluids; information of personnel; cohort study; risk factors; young persons; skin protection; personal hygiene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland; Germany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry
Skin diseases