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Title: An outbreak of occupational dermatosis in an electronics store
Authors: Koh, D. 
Keywords: Arsenic trioxide
Greaseless lubricant
Heat rash
Miliaria rubra
Occupational dermatosis
Outbreak investigation
Issue Date: 1995
Citation: Koh, D. (1995). An outbreak of occupational dermatosis in an electronics store. Contact Dermatitis 32 (6) : 327-330. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An outbreak of skin disorders was noted by the primary care physician responsible for the health care of 52 employees in an electronics store. The cases occurred after termite treatment of the store, and the breakdown of the air-conditioning system in several areas in the store. Investigations were initiated to allay worker concern that the chemicals used for termite treatment (in particular, arsenic trioxide) were responsible for the outbreak. 9 of the 52 workers were found to have heat rash (miliaria rubra). 21% (7) of workers who worked in non-air-conditioned areas had heat rashes, as compared to 11% (2) of workers who worked in air-conditioned work zones. 2 workers had contact dermatitis due to exposure to greaseless lubricant, and 8 other workers had a non-work-related skin disorder. Indoor wet bulb globe temperature index measurements in the non-air conditioned areas were within threshold limit values, but ventilation in these areas was very poor. 2 environmental samples had non-detectable limits of arsenic.
Source Title: Contact Dermatitis
ISSN: 01051873
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.1995.tb00620.x
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