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Document ID (ISN)78095
CIS number 02-209
ISBN(s) 951-802-413-8
Year 2001
Convention or series no. People and Work Research Reports 42
Author(s) Leino T.
Title Epidemiology of skin and respiratory diseases among hairdressers
Bibliographic information Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Publication Office, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland, 2001. 124p. Illus. 287 ref.
Abstract Results of five epidemiologic studies of skin and respiratory disorders among hairdressers are presented. The studies focused on the working conditions in salons, the perceived health of the hairdressers, the prevalence, incidence and risk of skin and respiratory symptoms and diseases among hairdressers, and the risk and causes of leaving the profession. Physical conditions and chemicals in the ambient air were measured in 20 hairdressing salons. Health data were obtained by questionnaire, phone interviews and medical examinations. It was found that hairdressing salons meet Finnish indoor air criteria. High peak concentrations of certain chemicals during hair treatments cause discomfort and ill health to hairdressers and should be controlled, for example with local exhaust ventilation. Hairdressers have an increased risk of developing asthma and chronic bronchitis. Ammonium persulfate caused most of the occupational skin and respiratory diseases.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; respiratory diseases; job-exposure relation; chemical products; hairdressing; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) nickel; report; ammonium persulfate; bronchitis; asthma; skin allergies; frequency rates; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; individual susceptibility; medical examinations; monitoring for air contamination; exhaust ventilation
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Skin diseases