Aimed to carry out a literature and industrial survey and to
review information available on skin sensitisation due to the use
of epoxies, particularly in the construction industry. Literature
and industrial surveys were conducted to identify the most relevant
in formation on epoxy resin sensitisation. Up to 53 relevant
publications were reviewed, including the basic chemistry of epoxy
resins and skin sensitisation due to various constituents of epoxy
formulations. The skin sensitisation to epoxies in the construction
industry was also reviewed. The most effective methods of reducing
or preventing sensitisation were also described. The industrial
survey included contact with construction companies and other
organisations. As a result of the literature review, the main
constituents in epoxy resin systems responsible for skin
sensitisation were identified. It was shown that the reactive
constituents of base resin, curing agents, diluents etc. are
responsible for skin sensitisation to epoxy resins used in the
construction industry, either singly or in combination. Recommends
a number of protective measures including the use of effective
protective clothing, alternative materials, mixing and dispensing
procedures and safe handling of epoxy resins.
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