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Skin problems in construction: hazard alert.

Authors
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Source
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2003 Dec; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20039612
Abstract
Some construction materials can cause serious problems if they get on your skin. Some burns can even put you in the hospital. Sometimes you can get a skin infection that can risk your life. Or some of the materials can go through your skin and make you sick. Sometimes you can become allergic to a material at work and get skin problems. They can be so bad that you cannot work - even with tiny amounts of the material. In that case, you may have to change careers. Some materials that can hurt your skin: wet cement, some cement dusts, lime metalworking fluids, some paints, adhesives, epoxy resins, alcohols, toluene, turpentine, xylene. These materials can cause red, itchy, scaly skin or painful burns, ulcers, and rashes like acne - all known as contact dermatitis. Also, pitch and coal tar can cause skin cancer.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Disease-control; Disease-prevention; Infection-control; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Skin-diseases; Skin-disorders; Skin-exposure; Skin-infections; Skin-irritants; Burns; Allergic-dermatitis; Allergic-reactions; Allergies; Dermatitis; Skin-cancer; Cancer; Chemical-burns; Chemical-reactions; Skin-absorption; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Cements; Dusts; Metalworking-fluids; Paints; Adhesives; Epoxy-resins; Alcohols; Toluenes; Turpentines; Xylenes; Coal-tar; Coal-tar-pitch
Contact
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
CAS No.
108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 1305-78-8
Publication Date
20031229
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Skin Problems in Construction: Hazard Alert
State
MD
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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