Online Program

Occupational Skin Conditions Among Green and Non-Green Collar Workers in the United States

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kevin Moore, BA, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
David Lee, PhD, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine - NIOSH Research Group, Miami, FL
Lora Fleming, MD, PhD, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Truro, United Kingdom
Kristopher Arheart, EdD, public health sciences, university of miami miller school of medicine, miami, FL
William G. Le Blanc, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Laura A. McClure, MSPH, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Charles Chen, BS, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Manuel Cifuentes, MD, ScD, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH, CPH, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Cristina Fernandez, MSEd, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Background/Purpose: Occupational skin conditions are some of the most common occupational diseases that may lead to decreased worker productivity. Despite assumed use of environmentally-friendly chemicals and technologies by the newly emerging green collar workforce, little is known of their occupational dermatologic health conditions. We report on the demographics and prevalence of work-related skin conditions among U.S. Green and non-Green collar workers.

 Methods: Data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement was linked with O*NET via the National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center to classify Green (n=2,401) versus non-Green (n=12,593) collar workers. Estimates were weight-adjusted for the complex survey design and stratified by socio-demographic characteristics (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, age group, and geographic region).  

Results/Outcomes: In 2010, 8% of Green collar workers, who comprise 18% of the U.S. workforce, reported a work-related skin condition, including dermatitis, eczema, or any other red, inflamed skin rash. Green collar workers in the US West Region had the highest work-related skin disease of all geographic regions (12.2%), and non-Green collar workers aged 25-64 had the highest prevalence of work-related skin disease of any category (14.3%). Green collar workers had comparable rates of insurance and medical treatment for their skin conditions compared to non-Green workers. Among Green, the Head and Neck region was 38.9%, Arm 33%, and Hand 22%; while, among non-Green, estimates were 34%, 34%, and 26% respectively.

Conclusions: As the Green collar workforce expands, it is important to identify disparities in work-related skin conditions in order to optimize worker productivity.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the prevalence of skin conditions among U.S. green and non-green collar workers. Discuss an approach to link data for the National Health Interview survey with O*NET data.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a second-year medical student researching occupational health diseases and prevention strategies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.