Our skin is amazing. On average it is about 1.5mm thick, contains 17km of blood vessels and is just as important for our wellbeing as a healthy heart or lungs. So it’s not surprising that the HSE has guidelines for companies on effective skin health surveillance.
Even companies who aren’t in high risk sectors for skin health, such as metalwork or construction, should include risk assessment and surveillance for skin health in their Health & Safety programme. Process design or glove provision help to eliminate or minimise exposure to industrial substances. However these may not always work.
Talking to Health & Safety practitioners shows that this is understood. However, unless it is included in a wider programme carried out by an Occupational Health professional, monitoring of skin health tends to be a low priority or even forgotten until a problem arises.
Ensuring the skin health of your staff isn’t time consuming or expensive after the process is set up. Information posters or a toolbox talk are available to raise awareness with staff. Skin care provision can be reviewed to make sure it is effective. A simple process for skin surveillance can be set up with off-the-shelf documentation.
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News article by Mark Judkowski of Clean & Care – www.candcfm.co.uk