Occupational Contact Dermatitis: Retrospective Analysis of North American Contact Dermatitis Group Data, 2001 to 2016

Published: 16 March 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/yvgg24th6g.1


Provide an overview of occupational skin disease (OSD) and analysis of occupational ACD in North American patients undergoing patch-testing 2001-2016. Methods: Patients with OSD were analyzed for frequency of allergic reactions to a screening series of allergens, occupational relevance, location of skin disease, and exposure sources. Demographic and occupation/industry information was recorded. Results: Of 38,614 patients evaluated, 4471 (11.6%) had OSD, of whom 3150 (70.5%) had ACD. The most common occupationally related allergens included rubber accelerators, preservatives and bisphenol A epoxy resin. Hands (75.8%), arms (30.0%) and face (15.9%) were common sites of dermatitis.. The most affected occupations were service workers and machine operators. Limitations: Our cohort may not reflect the general working population. Conclusion: This study identified common occupational allergens, exposure sources, and occupations/industries at risk. This information may help the clinician evaluate and manage patients with occupational contact dermatitis



University of Toronto


Patch Testing in Contact Dermatitis