Skin sensitisers

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2003

Description

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. 

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Manufacture of food products
Finishing of textiles
Tanning and dressing of leather; dressing and dyeing of fur
Manufacture of paper and paper products
Printing and reproduction of recorded media
Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
Manufacture of basic metals
Forging, pressing, stamping and roll-forming of metal; powder metallurgy
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
CONSTRUCTION
Painting and glazing
Cleaning activities
Human health activities
Dental practice activities
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Glues or Sealants
Applying Surface Coatings
Beauty Culture
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Construction
Contact with Humans or Animals
Dyeing or Tanning
Electroplating
Handling Animals
Handling Chemicals
Handling Plants
Heating or Machining Plastics/Rubber
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Medical and Dental Services
Smelting and Casting Metal
Woodworking
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Liquids
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Skin sensitisers
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

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.  

CAS Number: 
7440-02-0
7440-47-3
7440-48-4
8050-09-7
50-00-0
106-50-3
79-07-2
5989-27-5
EC number: 
231-111-4
231-158-0
200-001-8
203-404-7
201-174-2
227-813-5
231-157-5
232-475-7
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Trainers
Workers representatives

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