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NORA dermal exposure research program (DERP).
International conference on occupational and environmental exposures of skin to chemicals: science and policy, September 8-11, 2002, Washington, DC. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2002 Sep; :197-198
Some significant aspects of the US occupational skin exposure problem are: 1. Contact dermatitis is 10-15% of all occupational illnesses at an annual cost exceeding $1,000,000,000. 2. The toll of systemic effects has not been estimated. 3. Dermal exposure assessment is not standardized and the results are difficult to interpret in terms of risk 4. Engineering controls are emphasized too little. 5. NIOSH policy focuses on Skin Notations and needs more comprehensive approaches. Part of the response by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is: 1. After consulting with approximately 500 external partners, Allergic and Irritant Dermatitis was chosen as one of 21 priority research areas in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). 2. In 2000, the Dermal Exposure Research Program (DERP) was created to support and coordinate a program of NORA research and policy development in NIOSH. The overall goal of NORA DERP is to promote the development of NIOSH policies and recommendations for identifying and controlling skin exposures and dermatitis by: 1. adding critical information to our current knowledge base through laboratory and field investigations and 2. developing and applying a scientific decision-making process for policy development using that knowledge base.
Skin-absorption; Skin-disorders; Skin-exposure; Skin-irritants; Skin-protection; Occupational-dermatitis; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Engineering-controls; Analytical-methods; Dermatitis; Dermatosis; Contact-dermatitis; Allergic-dermatitis
International conference on occupational and environmental exposures of skin to chemicals: science and policy, September 8-11, 2002, Washington, DC
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