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August 2011
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2011-200
cover of 2011-200

Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals: Guidance for Occupational Health Professionals and Employers

Chemical exposure in the workplace is a significant problem in the United States. More than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals via the skin. Skin disorders are among the most frequently reported occupational illnesses, resulting in an estimated annual cost in the United States of over $1 billion. While the rates of most other occupational diseases are decreasing, skin disease rates are actually increasing.

 
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