Table 1

Number (%) of respondents reporting a skin complaint at any time by industrial process

ProcessNumber (%*) of respondents reporting skin complaintsTotal number involved in process
*Percentage of workers reporting daily involvement with the industrial process.
Total sample490 (41)1189
Pre-press109 (37)291
    Typesetting 15 (25)61
    Photographic reproduction system 17 (30)58
    Platemaking 50 (42)120
    Stencil making 2 (33)6
    Etching and engraving 2 (29)7
    Gravure cylinder preparation 4 (57)7
    Stereo roller preparation 3 (100)3
    Proofing 11 (28)39
    Correction of litho plates 54 (50)110
Printing274 (49)556
    Inks with solvents 89 (48)184
    Paste inks 28 (49)57
    UV cured inks, varnishes, or lacquers 67 (45)148
    Water based inks 19 (43)44
    Plastisols 2 (100)2
    Inks, lacquers, adhesives containing  isocyanates 42 (59)71
    Cleaning of litho rollers and cylinders173 (49)346
    Cleaning letterpress and cylinders 10 (31)32
    Cleaning gravure rollers and cylinders 8 (47)17
    Cleaning flexographic rollers and cylinders 18 (47)38
    Screen cleaning 10 (48)21
    Cleaning digital printing machines 8 (44)18
    Reclamation of screens 0 (0)1
Finishing190 (38)496
    Laminating 2 (20)10
    Guillotining 49 (41)121
    Platen press 11 (23)47
    Handling of press room consumables 75 (46)163