For the 2003 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, EU-OSHA produced a series of factsheets containing information on occupational safety and health specifically in relation to dangerous substances. This factsheet contains information on skin sensitisers as well as preventive measures in relation to skin exposure. Occupational skin diseases have been estimated to cost the EU EUR 600 million a year, resulting in around 3 million lost working days. They affect virtually all industry and business sectors and force many workers to change jobs.
Examples of skin sensitisers that are metals, found in resins, dyes, disinfectants, used as preservatives and as solvents:
Nickel, Cobalt, Formaldehyde, p-phenylenediamine, 2-chloroacetamide, (R)-p-mentha-1,8-diene, Chromium, Rosin.