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Work-related skin problem in restaurant, catering and fast-food personnel

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

To determine the prevalence and risk factors for contact dermatitis and burns among restaurant, catering and fast-food outlet (FFO) staff, workers were interviewed and then clinical examination and patch and/or prick tests were conducted in selected individuals.

65 from 335 (19%) had occupational dermatitis or burns and contact dermatitis was the commonest diagnosis. All 35 workers had irritant contact dermatitis (ICD). The 3-month period prevalence for burns was 6% (20 workers)

The adjusted prevalence rate ratios of risk factors for ICD were 2.78 (95% CI 1.36–5.72) for frequent hand washing >20 times per day, 3.87 (95% CI 1.89–7.93) for atopy and 2.57 (95% CI 1.21–5.47) for contact with squid.

Occupational dermatoses in restaurant, catering and fast-food outlets in Singapore
Teo, S., Teik-Jin Goon, A., Siang, L. H., Lin, G. S., Koh, D.
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(7):466-471 Read More…

To determine the prevalence and risk factors for contact dermatitis and burns among restaurant, catering and fast-food outlet (FFO) staff, workers were interviewed and then clinical examination and patch and/or prick tests were conducted in selected individuals.

65 from 335 (19%) had occupational dermatitis or burns and contact dermatitis was the commonest diagnosis. All 35 workers had irritant contact dermatitis (ICD). The 3-month period prevalence for burns was 6% (20 workers)

The adjusted prevalence rate ratios of risk factors for ICD were 2.78 (95% CI 1.36–5.72) for frequent hand washing >20 times per day, 3.87 (95% CI 1.89–7.93) for atopy and 2.57 (95% CI 1.21–5.47) for contact with squid.

Occupational dermatoses in restaurant, catering and fast-food outlets in Singapore
Teo, S., Teik-Jin Goon, A., Siang, L. H., Lin, G. S., Koh, D.
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(7):466-471 Read More…

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