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A2.5-TNO: Evaluation of Real and Theoretical Effectiveness of Skin Protection Equipment

Principal Investigator

Dr. Derk H. Brouwer
TNO Chemistry
PO Box 360
3700 AJ Zeist
The Netherlands


The aim of the project was to analyse the parameters of dermal exposure and protection which are most relevant for human health; the quality of data from today’s practice of exposure monitoring and PPE testing; the existing knowledge and gaps of knowledge on dermal protection under field conditions, for the creation of an improved approach for assessment of the performance of skin protective equipment under conditions of service, giving realistic data on the barrier effect and of the remaining dermal exposure. This analysis led to an optimised approach for selection of skin protective equipment and assessment of its effectiveness, which was evaluated for model applications. This approach is applicable at industrial workplaces.

Related Publications

DH Brouwer, RJ Aitken, R Oppl, JW Cherrie, Concepts of skin protection: Considerations for the evaluation and terminology of the performance of skin protective equipment, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 2005, 2, 425-434.

Timeline: October 2002 > May 2004

LRI funding: € 305,370

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