Insulation Workers

  • R. RialaEmail author
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Insulation workers apply insulation materials on objects and buildings for thermal insulation and/or waterproofing.

They are frequently outdoor workers and they are exposed to insulation materials, especially mineral fibers, foams, adhesives, and bitumen.

An increased risk for the following occupational skin diseases may be expected: irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, and skin cancer.


Man-made mineral fibers (MMMF) Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) Urea-formaldehyde foam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and AllergologyVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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