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Occupational Dermatitis

New BOHRF evidence review: occupational dermatitis and urticaria

The findings of this systematic evidence review on contact dermatitis were launched at a conference on Thursday 25th March 2010 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. This is believed to be the world’s first systematic review on this topic that covers all occupational sectors. It is focused mainly on prevention. The review was led by Dr Paul Nicholson. HSE funded the position of Scientific Secretary.

Short summaries of evidence based action are accessible here:

This study responds to the request from The House of Lords Select Committee Report on Allergy, for an evidence review on occupational dermatitis, of the quality of the BOHRF award winning evidence review on occupational asthma.

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Occupational contact dermatitis: follow up study to identify prognostic factors for people diagnosed with OCD

Occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) accounts for 1 in 5 of all occupational diseases reported in the UK. The main objectives of this research of international relevance are to

  • determine why OCD is so often persistent (up to 70% of sufferers still have the condition after six months, even after exposure to the cause has ceased)
  • determine the risk factors that cause persistence so that control of exposure to risk can be improved
  • identify particular sensitisers with worst outcome to enable focussed preventative measures to deal with "worst case" allergens
  • develop and validate a skin exposure questionnaire to aid assessment of skin exposure to irritants and allergens over time
  • identify differences in prognosis for those with irritant versus allergic contact dermatitis

The deliverables are designed to help risk assessment and improved control of risk through:

  • a skin exposure questionnaire to aid assessment of skin exposure to irritants and allergens over time
  • report on, inter alia, risk factors for persistent post-occupational dermatitis; differences in prognosis for those with irritant versus allergic contact dermatitis; prognosis for different allergens

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Last Update: 28-Jul-2013