Original ArticlesOccupational Dermatoses in Composite ProductionIsaksson, Marléne MD; Zimerson, Erik MS; Bruze, Magnus MD, PhD Author Information From the Department of Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden. Address correspondence to: Marléne Isaksson, Department of Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, Malmö University Hospital, S-205 02 Malmö, Sweden. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: April 1999 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 261-266 Buy Abstract In a plant that produces fiber-resin composite by impregnation of cellulose fibers with phenol-formaldehyde and melamine-formaldehyde resins, a new technique was introduced that resulted in problems in the handling of uncured products. Many workers suffered dermatitis on areas of exposed skin. A primary investigation found that some workers had an occupationally related skin disease with contact allergy to work materials. We undertook a survey of occupational dermatoses, based on a questionnaire, clinical examination, and patch test with a standard series and a series of products and chemicals representing the work environment. Eighty-eight workers participated in the clinical investigation. In six workers, contact allergy to phenol-formaldehyde resin was seen, and in five workers, contact allergy to melamine-formaldehyde resin was noted. Two workers were allergic to both resins. Occupational dermatitis was diagnosed in nine of 88 (10.2%) workers. In this article, we discuss possible preventive measures for avoiding occupational dermatitis. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.