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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Dec;21(4):354-364. Korean.
Published online Jan 29, 2019.
Copyright © 2009 The Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Work-Relatedness of Occupational Contact Dermatitis in a Tire Factory
Sora Choi, Han Soo Song and Chul Gab Lee
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Korea.


This study investigated occupational contact dermatitis in a tire factory, prompted by a long history of complaints of skin ailments by the factory workers.


Participants (n=160) completed a questionnaire concerning job characteristics and skin symptoms, and received a medical examination. Fifty-four workers with suspected work-related contact dermatitis were chosen for a patch test of contact-related dermatitis.


The most frequent positive reactions of patch test were produced by diphenylguanidine, formaldehyde and cobalt. Twenty-one of the 54 individuals (38.9%) were judged to have work-related skin disease.


Exposure to natural and synthetic rubbers and additive materials pose a risk of contact dermatitis in a tire manufacturing environment. Improved sanitary work practices and public health awareness measures are suggested.

Keywords: Occupational dermatitis; Contact dermatitis; Patch test