Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
I suffer an allergic reaction to chemical, Metol being the main culprit
Metol is certainly under suspect here. OTOH as early as 1939 Agfa wrote in their lab-manual ("Das große Agfa Laborhandbuch") that dermatitis caused by Metol was due to a byproduct of the process. That process had been changed around that time and they claimed that recent (in 1939) Agfa-Metol should be completely safe.
As all Agfa processes had been disclosed in 1945 there is no reason besides economics why a supplier should not apply the improved, "clean" process. Maybe we are following old but outdated knowledge (metol = dermatitis) here or there is still a smaller effect that wasn't known and the problem in fact was reduced but not eliminated.

Stefan