Industrial Skin Care
Workplace Legislation in Relation to Skin Care….
IEmployers are legally obliged to provide safe working environments for their employees, and carry out regular safety assessments.
Failure to do so can result in poor staff morale, lost working time, bad publicity, increasingly stiff financial penalties and even imprisonment.
Often skin care in the working environment is not recognised as being a formal part of this requirement, and can therefore be overlooked.
Looking after the skin whilst at work is essential if work related skin disorders are to be avoided. Yet, skin disorders are the most common occupational disease in the UK
The risk of work related skin disease, usually referred to as 'Occupational Dermatitis', can be minimised by adopting a simple Skin Care Management System, as follows:
• Conduct assessment of current work practices to identify where contact with potentially harmful substances could occur
• Introduce new processes, working practices or Personal Protective Equipment as required
• Introduce a 3-Step Skin Safety Programme:
1. Protective Creams
2. Hand Cleaners
3. Restoration Creams
• Encourage compliance through training and education
• Monitor and review
3-Step Skin Safety Programme from DEB….
To help keep hands healthy and prevent dermatitis, Deb recommends the implementation of a simple 3-Step Skin Safety Programme:
Step 1: Protect
Help protect the skin against contact with various workplace contaminants and working environments
Step 2: Cleanse
Use appropriate hand cleaners to ensure dirt and contaminants are removed from the skin
Step 3: Restore
Maintain skin in healthy condition by applying an after-work cream to replenish any lost natural oils, keeping the skin soft and supple and avoiding dryness