Skin Conditions

Questions about skin conditions were part of a NIOSH-sponsored supplement on occupational health and were administered in three periods, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, and 2003. Over this time, less than 10 percent of agricultural workers in each collection period reported having a skin problem sometime in the previous 12 months. The body regions most affected with skin problems in 2003 were the face (reported by 3% of workers), hands (reported by 2% of workers), and arms (also reported by 2% of workers). The most common cause that workers cited in 2001-2002 for their reported skin problems was chemicals. Almost all agricultural workers reporting a skin problem said that they were involved in a farm work activity at the time the problem occurred.
Table 14

Reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months

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Attention A T users. Data is presented in three formats, a bar chart, a textual data table, and a line chart. The data is best reviewed though the data table when using A T.

Bar Chart — Reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months

Data Table — Reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months1

Category 99-00 01-02 03-04
# % # % # %
Reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months15768%5249%2808%
Hands1482%1093%642%
Arms1412%1412%682%
Face1412%1332%733%
Any other body part47<1%16<1%a161%a
Torso481%481%13<1%a
Feet/Legs49<1%761%471%

1 Question was asked in 1999 through 2003; the 03-04 column contains data for 2003 only.

2 Question was asked in 1999 through 2002. A dash (“-“) indicates that the question was not asked during the corresponding time period.

a Estimates with relative standard errors (RSEs) greater than 30 percent but no more than 50 percent are published but should be used with caution.

b Estimates based on fewer than four responses or with RSEs greater than 50 percent are considered statistically unreliable and are suppressed.

Trend Lines — Reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months