Are material safety data sheets (MSDS) useful in the diagnosis and management of occupational contact dermatitis?

Tessa Keegel, Helen Saunders, Anthony LaMontagne, Rosemary Nixon

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Objectives: This study assesses both the success of medical practitioners in accessing hazardous substancesa?? information from product manufacturers and the accuracy and clinical usefulness of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) presented by workers with suspected occupational contact dermatitis (OCD). Patients/Methods: 100 consecutively presented MSDS were collected from 42 workers attending an occupational dermatology clinic. Product manufacturers were contacted to verify ingredients. MSDS were evaluated for compliance with the Australian criteria for listing of OCD relevant information (sensitizers present at a concentration 1 , irritants present at a concentration 20 ), and for clinical usefulness. All sensitizers were checked for clinical relevance to the workera??s dermatitis. Results: Manufacturers supplied product constituents for 77/100 MSDS. 58 MSDS satisfied the Australian standard. 57/58 MSDS were deemed clinically useful. Irritants were listed for 19/23 MSDS and sensitizers were listed for 30/68 MSDS (P A? 0.001). 3 MSDS contained sensitizers, which were clinically relevant to the presenting workera??s dermatitis, 1 appropriately listed, 1 present at 1 but not listed, and 1 present at
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331 - 336
Number of pages6
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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