The printing sector is the 6th largest employer in the UK,
employing approximately 170,000 people in 12,000 premises many in
small enterprises. The printing sector can be broken down into
different sub-sectors such as lithographic printing, screen
printing, gravure printing, flexographic printing, dyeline printing
and digital printing.
It has been found that approximately 40% of printers
self-reported having a skin complaint at some time during their
employment. The most commonly affected parts of the body included
the hands, face and forearm. Even staff that did not self-report
dermatitis were later found to have mild forms of dermatitis.
Cleaning of printing machinery was associated with the greatest
risk for skin disease. It has been estimated the annual
incidence of new cases of dermatitis in the printing industry is
~420 cases for every 100,000 workers.
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