The incidence of occupational dermatitis in our country has never been so great as at the present time, and the need for adequate prevention and control has never been more important. New industries, particularly those concerned with the war effort, have contributed many causative agents to industrial dermatitis. In old industries, where dermatitis was commonly observed, the step-up in industrial activities and the enrolment of new employees have resulted in a definite increase in dermatitis, particularly among men and women above and below the usual employment ages. In the accelerated program of the heavy industries, inflammation of the skin caused by cutting oils, lubricating oils and related compounds has been particularly prevalent and troublesome.
The Council on Industrial Health functions as a liaison between the various lay and medical groups concerned with the industrial dermatoses problem, and the practicing and consulting dermatologists, as represented by this committee. It is the
Foerster HR, Dennie CC, Downing JG, et al. RECOGNITION AND PREVENTION OF INDUSTRIAL DERMATITIS: WITH ADDITIONAL REFERENCE TO OIL DERMATITIS AND FOLLICULITIS REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL DERMATOSES, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1943;122(6):370–375. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840230004007
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