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Exposure to wet work in working Australians

Keegel, Tessa G, Nixon, Rosemary L and LaMontagne, Anthony D 2012, Exposure to wet work in working Australians, Contact dermatitis, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 87-94, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.2011.01975.x.

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Title Exposure to wet work in working Australians
Author(s) Keegel, Tessa G
Nixon, Rosemary L
LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Journal name Contact dermatitis
Volume number 66
Issue number 2
Start page 87
End page 94
Total pages 8
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication London, UK
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0105-1873
Keyword(s) Allergic
Chemicals
Irritant
Occupational contact dermatitis
Wet work
Summary Background. The Australian National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance (NHEWS) Survey 2008 was a cross-sectional survey undertaken by Safe Work Australia to inform the development of exposure prevention initiatives for occupational disease. This is a descriptive study of workplace exposures. Objectives. To assess the occupational and demographic characteristics of workers reporting exposure to wet work. Methods. Computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with 4500 workers. Two wet work exposure outcomes (frequent washing of hands and duration of time spent at work with the hands immersed in liquids) were analysed. Results. The response rate for the study was 42.3%. For hand-washing, 9.8% [95% confidence interval (CI) 8.9–10.7] reported washing their hands more than 20 times per day. For immersion of hands in liquids, 4.5% (95% CI 3.9–5.1) reported immersion for more than 2 hr per day. Females were more likely to report exposure to frequent hand-washing than males [odds ratio (OR) 1.97, 95% CI 1.49–2.61]. Workers in the lowest occupational skill level jobs were more likely to report increased exposure to hands immersed in liquids than those in the highest (OR 6.41, 95% CI 3.78–10.88). Workers reporting skin exposure to chemicals were more likely to report exposure to hand-washing (OR 3.68, 95% CI 2.91–4.66) and immersion of the hands in liquids (OR 4.09, 95% CI 2.92–5.74). Conclusions. Specific groups of workers reported high levels of exposure to wet work. There were differences between the profiles of workers reporting frequent hand-washing and workers reporting increased duration of exposure to hands immersed in liquids. We also found a high correlation between wet work and chemical exposure.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0536.2011.01975.x
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:30061283

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