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Allergic chromate dermatitis to cement in Australia: an ongoing problem
  1. Kate Dear,
  2. Amanda Palmer,
  3. Rosemary Nixon
  1. Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre, Skin Health Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Dear, Skin Health Institute, Melbourne, VIC 3053, Australia; kdear{at}

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Occupational allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) caused by sensitisation to hexavalent chromium in wet cement has a notoriously poor prognosis. The ensuing dermatitis can be debilitating and persistent postoccupational dermatitis is common.1 Furthermore, there are significant adverse effects on quality of life, as well as marked economic consequences.2 Over the past four decades, several European countries have introduced legislation to limit the amount of hexavalent chromium in cement, which has successfully reduced the number of cases of cement related occupational ACD.3 Despite advances in Europe, no similar legislation exists in Australia and occupational ACD to chromium in cement still occurs, despite it being a preventable condition …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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