Dermatological hazards in the electronics industry

D. Koh, I. S. Foulds, T. C. Aw

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The advent of the electronics age has resulted in the rapid growth and increasing importance of the electronics industry on a global scale. The main industrial processes are Fabrication of semiconductor wafers, printed circuit boards, the assembly of semiconductor devices, printed circuit boards and the final electronic products. The process carry the risk of various work hazards, among them dermatological hazards, These include exposure to irritants and allergens during common operations such as soldering, cleaning operations, materials handling, procedures For control of static electricity and low humidity in the work environment. Even the use of protective clothing may be associated with the risk of dermatitis, In spite of the numerous dermatological hazards, the risk for work‐related skin disorders among electronics workers appears to be low when compared to other industries. However, the vast size of the electronics workforce will contribute to large numbers of workers with occupational dermatoses. Occupational health personnel responsible for factories in the electronics industry should therefore be aware of the cutaneous hazards present, and how these may lead to work‐related dermatoses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • allergens
  • cutaneous hazards
  • electronics industry
  • irritants
  • occupational dermatoses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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