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Epoxies in sporting goods manufacturing.
Lucas JB; Gunter BJ
Transactions of the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, May 12-17, 1974, Miami Beach, Florida. Cincinnati, OH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, 1974 May; :125-129
A study was undertaken of possible dermatologic problems experienced by workers with epoxy resin systems. The population examined included employees at a moderate sized facility engaged in the manufacture of epoxy fiberglass composite skis and other sporting equipment. The three suspect substances used at the facility were methylene-chloride (75092), an epoxy resin, and a polyamide resin. Twenty employees from the area were determined to have or have had dermatitis in the past. Twelve of these had histories or physical findings suggestive of occupational contact dermatitis consistent with either the irritative or allergic varieties. Six workers had patch tests positive to epoxy resin and all 12 had negative tests to the mold release agent and the polyamide resin. The importance of patch testing in elucidating the cause of this dermatitis outbreak was stressed and the essential steps in performing valid patch tests were discussed. The principal preventive measures and the industrial management of workers who had developed allergic contact dermatitis were presented.
Plastics-industry; Skin-exposure; Fiberglass-industry; Diagnostic-tests; Allergic-dermatitis; Allergens; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Contact-dermatitis; Occupational-exposure
Transactions of the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, May 12-17, 1974, Miami Beach, Florida
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