Rehabilitation of hairdressers with eczema of the hands

Project No. BG36 #002

Status:

completed 12/1996

Aims:

In 1992 sixteen in every 1000 hairdressers suffered from a skin disease. The resulting costs meant a drastic increase in contributions. Goal: curing skin diseases to enable hairdressers to return to practising their profession

Activities/Methods:

Retrospective cross-sectional study; investigation of 476 hairdressers with eczema of the hands who took part in a 6-week rehabilitation seminar between 1987 and 1993; assessment of medical documents and questionnaires concerning the progress of the illness and social data; investigating medical and social parameters which influence the progress of the disease (in particular continuing to practise the occupation)

Results:

45.7 % remained in the profession after the seminar, 4 to 7 years later this figure was still 33 % (2/3 of all healthy hairdressers leave the profession within 7 years!). Least success was noted with atopic allergic eczema of the hands (28 %). The cost of the rehabilitation measures was justified by the results.

Publications:

Stresemann, E. u.a.: Die Wiederherstellung berufskranker Friseure. Die BG (1990) Nr. 7, S. 415-417

Brauel, R.: Katamnestische 6-Jahres-Studie über die Rehabilitation handekzemerkrankter Friseure. Dissertation 1996

Last Update:

22-Aug-2000

Project

Financed by:
  • Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege
Research institution(s):
  • Institut für arbeits- und sozialmedizinische Allergiediagnostik
  • Bad Salzuflen (Universität Münster)
  • Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege
  • Hamburg
  • Zentralverband des Deutschen Friseurhandwerks
  • Köln
Branche(s):

health service

Type of hazard:

Gefahrstoffe, arbeitsbedingte Erkrankungen

Catchwords:

Berufskrankheit, Rehabilitation, Wirtschaftlichkeit und Arbeitsschutz

Description, key words:

Retrospective cross-sectional study, successful rehabilitation of hairdressers with skin diseases