Silk-Screen Workers

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Abstract

Silk-screen printing (also called screen processing or screen printing) consists of brushing ink onto a finemesh screen that carries the image to be printed and then squeezing it through the open parts of the screen. It is used to print decals, billboard posters, wallpaper designs, lettering on bottles and clothing, and printed circuit board images in the electronics industry, as well as for printing on glass, skis, surfing planks, and credit cards. Potential irritants, such as cleansing agents and inks, may cause irritant dermatitis. Organic solvents may cause neurotoxic and other adverse effects. The actual allergens described in silk-screen printers are acrylate components of the UV-curing compounds (the most frequent allergens), epoxy resin, diaminodiphenyl-methane, and triglycidyl isocyanurate.

Keywords

Allergic contact dermatitis Printing Silk-screen Acrylates Methacrylates UV-curing Epoxy resins 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital K.U. LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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