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Skin Surveillance

Dermatology Skin Surveillance can be a last thing you would think of as a concern within the work place. As an employer you have a duty of care to your employees to help detect and identify any irritants or sensitisers to the skin. By doing this you can then control any known exposures or products which are having an effect on the employees and are causing Occupational Dermatitis.

In 2002 the Health & Safety Executive estimated that there were 34,000 people in the UK suffering from skin problems caused by work.

We can offer health screening for dermatology covering the UK, these assessments take approximately 10 minutes and covers a dermatology assessment in the workplace filling out a questionnaire and also examining and skin issues.

If any skin issues have arisen during your skin surveillance screening it is good to then look at the current PPE to make sure it is significant in its effects towards the employee and if not taking the appropriate measures as an employee to look at a more beneficial form.

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What are work-related skin problems?

Work-related skin issues can be triggered or enhanced by exposure, contact and working with substances such as chemicals but also by having moist/wet hands for extensive periods while in the working environment.

The commonest sites are the hands and forearms and the severity can array from minor irritation to severe restricting painful conditions of the hands that prevent work and everyday activity. By making an early detection of the problem, this can be prevented however in circumstances where not detected it can then affect the skin for many years even after leaving current employment. The most common problem is dermatitis, either allergic or irritant.

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As an employer, what should you do about it?

Employers have a responsibility to evaluate and asses the hazards that can cause skin problems emerging in their workplace setting, implementing controls in place to prevent problems, and arranging health surveillance if the risk cannot be eradicated.

If you have employees who need to rinse their hands frequently, consistently wear gloves for protection of their hands,  handle soaps, detergents or are have interaction with chemicals, then we would definitely recommend having regular dermatitis checks every year.

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What does dermatology screening provide?

Dermatology Skin Surveillance can be a last thing you would think of as a concern within the work place. As an employer you have a duty of care to your employees to help detect and identify any irritants or sensitisers to the skin. By doing this you can then control any known exposures or products which are having an effect on the employees and are causing Occupational Dermatitis.

Work-related skin problems can be a frequent and more common occurrence then employers realise.

This can be within most working industries even though skin problems are more dominant in certain high-risk jobs. They can be very costly, not just through the suffering of employees and making their job role more difficult but also effecting the employer as well. This is why when using such chemicals as mentioned above we advise a skin assessment in the workplace can be an excellent approach and policy.

All industries can be affected, the most common being:

  • Hair and beauty
  • Catering/food industry
  • Cleaning
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Printing
  • Chemical work
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Rubber manufacturer
  • Offshore work

Contact Agility R&C

Agility Risk & Compliance Ltd provide tailored solutions to mitigate risk and improve compliance in Health and Safety, HR, Training, and Occupational Health.

If you have an enquiry please call us on 01527 571611 or email us on info@agilityrac.com.

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