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Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals: What a Worker Should Know


August 2011
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2011-199
cover of 2011-199

More than 13 million workers in the United States have jobs that result in exposure of the skin to chemicals, such as in these fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Transportation/Utilities
  • Construction
  • Sales

Skin problems/diseases are the most common non-injury health issue reported by workers. The costs of work-related skin problems in the United States exceed $1 billion each year.