Contact dermatitis in printing tradesmen

Contact Dermatitis. 1986 May;14(5):280-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.1986.tb05276.x.


During a 2-year period in Toronto, Canada, 21 printing tradesmen with contact dermatitis were evaluated. 67% had allergic contact dermatitis; 29% due to ultraviolet-cured ink components. Irritant contact dermatitis accounted for 37% of the cases. The prognosis in printing tradesmen with contact dermatitis is guarded, except for those with allergic contact dermatitis due to UV-cured components, as the tradesmen who were sensitized to other contactants eventually left the trade. Offset lithography was associated with the problem in 18 of the 21 cases. A brief outline is given of the printing processes in common use.

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
  • Dermatitis, Contact / prevention & control
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / chemically induced*
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ink
  • Male
  • Patch Tests
  • Printing*
  • Solvents / adverse effects


  • Solvents