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Document ID (ISN)78725
CIS number 02-668
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Minamoto K., Nagano M., Inaoka T., Kitano T., Ushijima K., Fukuda Y., Futatsuka M.
Title Skin problems among fiber-glass reinforced plastics factory workers in Japan
Bibliographic information Jan. 2002, Vol.40, No.1, p.42-50. 23 ref.
Abstract Skin problems of 148 manual workers from 11 fibre-glass reinforced plastics (FRP) factories were studied by means of a questionnaire and a dermatological examination. 87 workers (58.8%) reported having skin problems (mainly itching or dermatitis) since starting work in FRP manufacturing and 25 workers had consulted a physician for skin problems. One worker was forced to take sick leave for severe dermatitis. A history of allergic diseases and shorter durations of employment in a FRP factory were associated with greater probability of having a history of work-related skin symptoms. Workers in factories where dust-generating and lamination sites were located in different buildings were significantly less likely to have a history of skin problems than those in factories where the two sites were located in the same building. Of the 67 workers examined in summer and winter, close to double the prevalence of dermatitis was found in summer (23.3%) than winter (13.4%).
Descriptors (primary) glass fibre reinforced plastics; risk factors; skin diseases; small enterprises
Descriptors (secondary) unsaturated carboxylic acids; subjective assessment; Japan; medical examinations; dermatitis; questionnaire survey; allergies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Skin diseases