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Handskin reaction!!----Please read!

aj

#33550

Handskin reaction!!----Please read! | 5 April, 2005

Guys,

I posted a thread on this sublect a while back and I thought we had it sorted but we have the same issue again. One of the SMT operators has chapped skin,sores which sometimes cause cuts. This looks extremely uncomfortable. We thought it was been caused by the latex gloves so we got nitrile which seemed to be working fine but it has started again lately. When he comes back after the weekend break his hands are fine but yet a couple of days in work, same problem.

Is there any history of the PCB's causing such problems, we use Fr4 boards with a mixture of Enig and HASL finishes.

Any advice/experiences appreciated.

aj

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Dave G

#33551

Handskin reaction!!----Please read! | 5 April, 2005

You may have to get him to see a dermatologist or allergy specialist. Also, analyze exactly what he's coming in contact with during the course of a workday. Some people are allergic to what the rest of us have no trouble at all with. One thought - If your SMT operator also depanels the finished boards using a router he may be coming in contact with fiberglass residue which can cause irritation of the skin. Hope this helps, DG

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#33558

Handskin reaction!!----Please read! | 5 April, 2005

Is he washing his hands alot at work. Some soaps will cause this with repeatative use.

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Carmine Garboza

#33559

Handskin reaction!!----Please read! | 5 April, 2005

A dermatologist should be consulted. Contact allergies are tricky things and you can develop one from repeted exposure to almost anything. I've seen rashes breakout on my personell from wriststraps metal buckels, IC lotions, rubber gloves, finger cots and certain expoxy resins in the work place. Aside from allergy medications, (which don't usually work) in the end about the only thing you can do is to re-assign the worker to another area away from the allergan. In several cases we seen our valued employees leave for a different line of work.

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#33566

Handskin reaction!!----Please read! | 6 April, 2005

At a previous company i worked at we had a quality inspector who had similar problems and it turned out that they were allergic to the nickel in the gold finish maybe it could be something similar but as the others have said, a dermatologist is the person to see. A short term solution could be to wear the thin cotton gloves that are available.

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