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Workplace Legislation in relation to Skincare
The law requires employers to adequately control exposure to materials in the workplace that cause ill health. This includes controlling exposure to materials that cause skin diseases and to materials that enter the body through the skin and cause problems elsewhere.
Leading Skincare Company Deb advise that the risk of work-related skin disease, usually referred to as ?éÔÇÿOccupational Dermatitis?éÔÇÖ, 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:
Encourage compliance through training and education
Monitor and review
- Protective Creams
- Hand Cleaners
- Restoration Creams
3-Step Skin Safety Programme
To keep hands healthy and prevent dermatitis, Deb recommends the implementation of a simple 3-Step Skin Safety Programme:
Step 1: Protect
Pre-work creams help protect the skin against contact with various workplace contaminants and irritants by limiting the contact between the two. They also facilitate subsequent cleansing, allowing the mildest possible cleansers to be used.
Step 2: Cleanse
Appropriate cleansing of the hands plays a vital part in preventing occupational dermatitis. Using the appropriate cleansers so that hands are physically clean will remove dirt and irritants while keeping the skin in a healthy condition.
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. Good skin condition is an important element in ensuring good hand hygiene practice.