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Document ID (ISN)76711
CIS number 01-840
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) L÷nnroth E.C., Shahnavaz H.
Title The correlation between symptoms, frequent use of dental polymers, and evaluation of health risk
Bibliographic information 1998, Vol.4, No.4, p.411-422. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Dental personnel are at risk when they manually handle polymer products containing monomers and additives that may cause irritation or induce allergy. Gloves and face masks can be easily penetrated by monomers. 587 dental personnel and a referent group of 585 persons in Sweden were given a questionnaire regarding symptoms of atopy, asthma, conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, hand dermatitis and hay fever/rhinitis. The dental personnel were asked to name the polymer products used in their practice and the frequency of their use, and to evaluate the risk of 5 different types of polymer materials on a scale from 1 to 5. Significantly more dentists reported symptoms of atopic dermatitis and conjunctivitis than did controls and dental assistants. Results show that dental personnel with symptoms evaluated most materials at significantly higher risk than dental personnel without symptoms. Furthermore, the occurrence of some symptoms was associated with frequent use of 8 polymer products.
Descriptors (primary) methacrylates; health hazards; dental services; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; hazard evaluation; Sweden
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Acrylates
Health care services