OBUHSN23 Appendix 2

Some occupational contact irritants and sensitisers

These lists are not intended to be exhaustive. Many items can be both irritants and sensitisers (see Appendix 1 for definitions). In the case of collective terms such as dusts it is not implied that all dusts are harmful to the skin.

Specific chemicals or materials

  • Acrylates
  • Ammonium persulphate
  • Asphalt
  • Azo dyes
  • Brine
  • Cement
  • Chromates
  • Cobalt
  • Chromates
  • Cobalt
  • Colophony (rosin)
  • Cresols
  • Cyanoacrylates
  • Dimethacrylates
  • Epoxy resins and hardners
  • Fibreglass
  • Flour
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde releasers
  • Formaldehyde resins
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Hydrazine
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Hypochlorites
  • Isocyanates
  • Kerosene
  • Lime
  • Methacrylates
  • Neal oils
  • Nickel
  • Organic solvents
  • Organotin compounds
  • Paraffin
  • Permanent wave solutions
  • Phenols
  • Quinines
  • Rubber processing chemicals
  • Shampoos
  • Soluble oils
  • Styrene
  • Synthetic coolants
  • Talc
  • Thinners
  • White spirit

Some broader groups of chemicals or materials

  • Acids
  • Adhesives
  • Alkalis
  • Animal feed additives, eg. Ethoxyquin
  • Biocides, eg. Isothiazolinones
  • Bleaches
  • Degreasers
  • Descalers
  • Detergents
  • Diesel fuels
  • Disinfectants
  • Dusts, eg. Of angular or hygroscopic particles
  • Fertilisers
  • Flavourings, eg. Eugenol
  • Flour improvers, eg. Benzoyl peroxide
  • Fluxes
  • Fragrances, eg. Amethocaine
  • Local anaesthetics, eg. Amethociane
  • Oils and greases
  • Oxidising agents, eg. Peroxides
  • Pesticides, eg. Difolatan
  • Polishes
  • Preservatives
  • Reducing agents, eg. Thioglycolates
  • Resins
  • Sealants
  • Skin cleansers
  • Soaps
  • UV absorbers, eg. Aminobenzoates

Some biological agents

  • Animal hair, saliva, tissues
  • Aquatic organisms, eg. bryozoans
  • Food, eg. Fish, garlic
  • Plants, eg. Compositae (chrysanthemums)
  • Woods, eg. mahogany
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