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Provision of control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions in Australian workplaces

Keegel, Tessa G, MacFarlane, Ewan, Nixon, Rosemary and LaMontagne, Anthony 2012, Provision of control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions in Australian workplaces, International journal of occupational and environmental health, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 312-319, doi: 10.1179/2049396712Y.0000000010.

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Title Provision of control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions in Australian workplaces
Author(s) Keegel, Tessa G
MacFarlane, Ewan
Nixon, Rosemary
LaMontagne, AnthonyORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Journal name International journal of occupational and environmental health
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 312
End page 319
Total pages 8
Publisher Maney Publishing
Place of publication Leeds, UK
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1077-3525
Keyword(s) Occupational contact dermatitis
Wet work
Irritant
Allergic
Controls
Gloves
Hand eczema
Patch testing
Summary Objective: To analyze the occupational and demographic characteristics for workers participating in the Australian National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance (NHEWS) Survey, who reported the provision of various types of workplace control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions, and to identify the barriers for the provision of controls. Methods: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with 4500 workers in 2008. Workers were asked about the types of control measures provided to them in the workplace for exposure of the hands to liquids. Results: Workplace size was the strongest predictor for the provision of control measures. Compared to workplaces with fewer than five employees, workers in workplaces with 200 or more employees were more likely to report provision of gloves, barrier creams and moisturizers, labeling and warning, and ongoing training and education about skin care. Conclusion: Smaller workplaces have poorer access to control measures to mitigate exposure to wet work.
Language eng
DOI 10.1179/2049396712Y.0000000010
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061278

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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