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Int J Occup Environ Health. 2012 Oct-Dec;18(4):312-9. doi: 10.1179/2049396712Y.0000000010.

Provision of control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions in Australian workplaces.

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  • 1School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia.



To analyze the occupational and demographic characteristics for workers participating in the Australian National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance (NHEWS) Survey, who reported the provision of various types of workplace control measures for exposure of the hands to wet-working conditions, and to identify the barriers for the provision of controls.


Computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with 4500 workers in 2008. Workers were asked about the types of control measures provided to them in the workplace for exposure of the hands to liquids.


Workplace size was the strongest predictor for the provision of control measures. Compared to workplaces with fewer than five employees, workers in workplaces with 200 or more employees were more likely to report provision of gloves, barrier creams and moisturizers, labeling and warning, and ongoing training and education about skin care.


Smaller workplaces have poorer access to control measures to mitigate exposure to wet work.

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