Metalworking Fluids and the Skin

  • E. M. de Boer
  • W. G. van Ketel
  • D. P. Bruynzeel
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An epidemiological study was performed to estimate the extent of occupational skin problems in metalworkers. In 9 factories, 286 metalworkers were investigated. Skin problems of hands and forearms were common. Exposure to soluble oils caused minor and major skin disease far more often than exposure to neat oils (62% and 25%, respectively). Hypersensitivity was not a major cause of dermatitis (2.8%), in contrast to chronic irritation. A predisposition to occupational dermatitis in atopics was not observed.

Key words

Metalworking fluids Occupational dermatitis Irritant dermatitis Acrovesicular dermatitis Biocides Patch tests Epidemiology 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. de Boer
    • 1
  • W. G. van Ketel
    • 1
  • D. P. Bruynzeel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Occupational DermatologyAcademic Hospital Free UniversityHV AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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