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. 

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Industries alimentaires
Ennoblissement textile
Apprêt et tannage des cuirs; préparation et teinture des fourrures
Industrie du papier et du carton
Imprimerie et reproduction d'enregistrements
Fabrication de savons, de produits d'entretien et de parfums
Fabrication de savons, détergents et produits d'entretien
Fabrication de produits en caoutchouc et en plastique
Métallurgie
Forge, emboutissage, estampage; métallurgie des poudres
Fabrication de produits informatiques, électroniques et optiques
CONSTRUCTION
Travaux de peinture et vitrerie
Activités de nettoyage
Activités pour la santé humaine
Pratique dentaire
Coiffure et soins de beauté
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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