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HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-76-14-408, International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades of America, Paperhangers Local Union No. 490, New York, New York, August 1977.

Authors
Tanaka-S
Source
NIOSH 1977 Aug:20 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00099455
Abstract
Dermatological surveys were conducted in New York in March, May and September 1976, to investigate incidences of skin lesions on the hands and arms of paperhangers (SIC-2649) who worked with vinyl adhesives. The investigation was requested by a representative of the Paperhangers Local Union Number 490 of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades of America on behalf of the approximately 30 affected workers. The criteria for occupational dermatitis was met by 22 paperhangers of the 211 union members. Six of the 12 patch tested workers were allergic to one or more of three biocides or a defoamer used in wallpaper adhesives. The author concludes that the paperhangers' skin problems are primarily caused by either chronic irritation or allergic sensitization due to wallpaper adhesives and their ingredients. The author recommends that paperhangers with severe skin problems be advised to change occupations, that adhesives be mixed with paddles instead of hands, that gloves and protective skin creams be used, that exposed skin areas be washed promptly with warm water, and that proper skin care practices be maintained.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-76-14-408; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Dermatitis; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Polymers; Skin-disorders; Hypersensitivity; Immunology; Unions; Humans; Protective-clothing; Skin-exposure; Chemical-exposure; Protective-equipment; Industrial-hygiene;
Publication Date
19770801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-182026
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-76-14-408
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2649;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-76-14-408, 20 pages
State
NY; OH;
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