Journal article

Are material safety data sheets (MSDS) useful in the diagnosis and management of occupational contact dermatitis?

Tessa Keegel, Helen Saunders, Anthony D LaMontagne, Rosemary Nixon

CONTACT DERMATITIS | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study assesses both the success of medical practitioners in accessing hazardous substances' information from product manufacturers and the accuracy and clinical usefulness of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) presented by workers with suspected occupational contact dermatitis (OCD). PATIENTS/METHODS: 100 consecutively presented MSDS were collected from 42 workers attending an occupational dermatology clinic. Product manufacturers were contacted to verify ingredients. MSDS were evaluated for compliance with the Australian criteria for listing of OCD relevant information (sensitizers present at a concentration > or =1%, irritants present at a concentration > or =20%), and for..

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