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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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