Table 1 Number (%) of respondents reporting a skin complaint at any time by industrial process
Process Number (%*) of respondents reporting skin complaints Total number involved in process

Total sample 490 (41) 1189
Pre-press 109 (37) 291
    Typesetting  15 (25) 61
    Photographic reproduction system  17 (30) 58
    Platemaking  50 (42) 120
    Stencil making  2 (33) 6
    Etching and engraving  2 (29) 7
    Gravure cylinder preparation  4 (57) 7
    Stereo roller preparation  3 (100) 3
    Proofing  11 (28) 39
    Correction of litho plates  54 (50) 110
Printing 274 (49) 556
    Inks with solvents  89 (48) 184
    Paste inks  28 (49) 57
    UV cured inks, varnishes, or lacquers  67 (45) 148
    Water based inks  19 (43) 44
    Plastisols  2 (100) 2
    Inks, lacquers, adhesives containing  isocyanates  42 (59) 71
    Cleaning of litho rollers and cylinders 173 (49) 346
    Cleaning letterpress and cylinders  10 (31) 32
    Cleaning gravure rollers and cylinders  8 (47) 17
    Cleaning flexographic rollers and cylinders  18 (47) 38
    Screen cleaning  10 (48) 21
    Cleaning digital printing machines  8 (44) 18
    Reclamation of screens  0 (0) 1
Finishing 190 (38) 496
    Laminating  2 (20) 10
    Guillotining  49 (41) 121
    Platen press  11 (23) 47
    Handling of press room consumables  75 (46) 163

*Percentage of workers reporting daily involvement with the industrial process.

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