More than 90% of the work-related skin diseases include hand dermatitis.
Skin cancer is one of the most common in Europe. The WHO has classified solar UV as a Group 1 carcinogen and there is a growing body of research linking exposure to UV radiation in outdoor workers to the rapidly increasing incidence of skin cancer in Europe. Besides UV radiation there are other occupational exposures discussed in relation to skin cancer. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of studies evaluating these factors as potential risk factors.

Worldwide, the number of prospective population- based studies about work-related skin diseases is very sparse. In Norway, only a few studies have addressed the associations between work exposures and skin diseases.

A project based for the most part, on the Norwegian Survey on Living Conditions, with prospective work environment panel data and the Nordic Occupational Cancer Study (NOCCA) with data from a job exposure matrix linked to occupation, will provide new and valuable information for the prevention of work-related skin diseases.

The main purpose of this project is to investigate the effect of work environment factors on work-related skin diseases and skin cancer in the general population of Norway, as well as associations between occupation and skin cancer risk in the Nordic countries.

This project will overall contribute with a comprehensive epidemiological understanding of processes leading to work-related skin diseases, identifying new risk factors and potentials for preventive measures.