Project 2017–2020

Skin exposure and skin problems among workers handling oil-drilling waste

This project aims to assess skin exposure among workers handling oil-drilling waste, effects of chemical exposure on the skin barrier, subsequent development of skin problems and mechanisms for individual susceptibility to identify targets for primary and secondary prevention.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and contact with chemical substances, physical and mechanical exposures at work can lead to work-related skin problems and diseases. Workers handling drilling waste report work-related skin problems frequently, but little is known about their potential skin exposure at work and the real occurrence of work-related skin problems and diseases. Therefore, this project aims to assess skin exposure among workers handling oil-drilling waste, effects of chemical exposure on the skin barrier, subsequent development of skin problems and mechanisms for individual susceptibility to identify targets for primary and secondary prevention.

 

Project leader: Jose Hernán Alfonso. More information about the project is to be found on the Norwegian project page.