May 7, 2010, Newsletter Issue #217: Research Opportunities on Skin Exposure

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There has only been a small amount of research completed on skin exposure to harmful chemicals while wearing protective clothing. A few studies have been conducted on the high rates of contact dermatitis on farm workers and employees in manufacturing. However, the research was insufficient in discovering exactly why these reactions occur, and ways to prevent these reactions from occurring.

In regards to research on protective clothing, more substantial data needs to be collected not just on the effectiveness of wearing one type of glove over another type of glove, but also what other protective clothing combinations can offer more protection, for example, such as the combination of work gloves and safety glasses.

Future research is aimed at investigating the long-term health problems associated with not wearing protective clothing, and any methods to help decrease or prevent these health problems.

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