Wet-work exposure: a main risk factor for occupational hand dermatitis

Ali Behroozy, Tessa Germaine Keegel

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Wet-work can be defined as activities where workers have to immerse their hands in liquids for >2 hours per shift, or wear waterproof (occlusive) gloves for a corresponding amount of time, or wash their hands >20 times per shift. This review considers the recent literature on wet-work exposure, and examines wet-work as a main risk factor for developing irritant contact dermatitis of the hands. The aim of this paper is to provide a detailed description of wet-work exposure among specific occupational groups who extensively deal with water and other liquids in their occupations. Furthermore, it highlights the extent and importance of the subsequent adverse health effects caused by exposure to wet-work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175 - 180
Number of pages6
JournalSafety and Health at Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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