Laboratory Technicians

  • Marwa HakimiEmail author
  • Riita Jolanki
  • Howard I. MaibachEmail author
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Laboratory workers run a high risk of occupational dermatitis.

Laboratory technicians are exposed to a great number of chemicals, all of which are considered dangerous to the skin.

Many of the commonly used chemicals are corrosive or irritating to the skin, and some are allergenic.

Sensitization often develops to well-known allergens and also to rare and even to new sensitizers.

Human and animal tissue specimens, and laboratory animals, present additional risks of contact urticaria and skin infections.

Assessing skin exposure in research laboratories is exceptionally difficult because a large number of chemicals and even unknown intermediates may be present.

Contact allergy from accidental exposure to a chemical is often the first clue that the chemical is a potential contact sensitizer.

The use of protective gloves during laboratory work is essential, but disposable gloves are usually only suitable for short-term or occasional handling of chemicals.


Occupational dermatology Laboratroy workers Dermatitis Contact allergy Contact urticaria Occupational dermatoses Contact irritants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Section of Dermatology/Control of Hypersensitivity DiseasesFinnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Alameda Health System – Highland HospitalOaklandUSA

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