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Document ID (ISN)77426
CIS number 01-1487
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Surakka J., Lindh T., RosÚn G., Fischer T.
Title Workers' dermal exposure to uv-curable acrylates in the furniture and parquet industry
Bibliographic information Dec. 2000, Vol.44, No.8, p.635-644. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract The use of ultraviolet radiation-curable coatings (UV-coatings) has increased rapidly in the parquet and furniture industry. Work with UV-coatings involves risk from skin exposure to chemically reactive, concentrated acrylates that are known skin contact irritants and sensitizers. Skin exposure to UV-coatings was measured employing a quantitative tape stripping method that was developed for this purpose. A pilot study was performed at three workplaces. In the main study, workers' skin exposure to uncured UV-coatings was measured at seven workplaces and on two separate workdays (rounds 1 and 2) within a six-month period to determine exposure variation. Skin exposure was measured at four standardized sites on the hand, 3-4 times per work shift. A questionnaire was carried out with the workers in both rounds to find out factors that can affect skin exposure to UV-coatings. Despite the limited sampling area and sampling sites, we could find residues of tripropylene glycol diacrylate at all sampling times, even at the beginning of the work shift. This may be due to transfer of UV-coatings through contaminated equipment, shoes and surfaces. The study indicates that there is a risk of harmful skin exposure to UV-coatings in the furniture and parquet industry.
Descriptors (primary) surface coating; irritants; furniture industry; skin absorption; woodworking industry; acrylates
Descriptors (secondary) ultraviolet radiation; tripropylene glycol diacrylate; sensitizers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Woodworking industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Lumber and the woodworking industry
Woodworking industry
Surface treatment