Table 4 Use of protective measures by printing process
Number (%*) of respondents using protective measure
Protective measure Pre-press (n=289) Printing (n=550) Finishing (n=497) Total (n=1189)

Protective equipment
    Gloves 200 (68) 506 (91) 219 (44) 792 (67)
    Overalls 138 (47) 414 (74) 239 (48) 697 (59)
    Footwear  81 (28) 290 (52) 103 (21) 407 (34)
    Glasses  67 (23) 127 (23)  79 (16) 224 (19)
    Ear plugs  65 (22) 299 (54) 227 (45) 516 (43)
    Skin care 104 (35) 327 (59) 144 (29) 482 (41)
    Barrier creams  94 (32) 323 (58) 174 (35) 493 (41)
Hand washing frequency
    Never  43 (15)   9 (2)  74 (15) 117 (10)
    0–2 times per day  92 (31) 102 (18) 152 (30) 311 (26)
    3–5 times  80 (27) 289 (52) 157 (31) 467 (39)
    >5 times  65 (22) 151 (27)  75 (15) 231 (19)
Use of cleansing products
    Work cleansers 133 (45) 383 (69) 210 (42) 615 (52)
    Afterwork cleaners  56 (19) 146 (26)  98 (20) 255 (21)
    Nothing  77 (26)  57 (10)  86 (17) 203 (17)
    Other  24 (8)  23 (4)  43 (9)  78 (7)

*Percentage of total respondents involved in each printing process.

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