oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Epoxy resin and illness in the workplace : allergies in the workplace

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Epoxy Resin (ER) and Epoxy Resin Systems (ERS) were found to be the most common allergens in the workplace. They have also been implicated in occupational asthma and cases of a reversible scleroderma-like presentation have also been described. In addition to these, one of the main components of ER, bisphenol A (BPA), is currently very topical since it was found to cause endocrine disruption. ER and ERS are found across the spectrum of industry due to their wide range of uses. This article discusses contact dermatitis in a jewellery painter. The article outlines the nature of ER and its uses, the different types of contact dermatitis and their relation to ER and their management, the commonly affected industries and the association of ER with occupational diseases. The article highlights the need for the health care provider to suspect, diagnose and manage ER related disease as well as initiate changes in the workplace to improve health of all workers and to prevent loss of income to the company and worker because of time off from work due to ER related illnesses.

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