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  • Your skin is the outer layer of protection to your body. Exposure to some chemicals and

  • other hazardous materials can lead to this protection being broken down. It can cause

  • pain, discomfort and long term ill health.

  • So where do the risks come from?

  • Your skin can come into contact with hazardous materials through everyday work activities

  • such as

  • 1. Wet work and use of chemicals in many workplaces 2. Mixing or decanting chemicals and materials

  • 3. Having skin contact with substances on contaminated surfaces, containers or clothing

  • or 4. Exposure to, or working with animals or

  • food stuffs and finally 5. Don’t forget the sun

  • What are the causes of these risks?

  • Damage to your skin can arise in any situation where direct or indirect exposure is possible,

  • for example

  • 6. Immersing hands in hazardous materials 7. Splashes, aerosols and dusts landing on

  • the skin 8. Where there is no containment or reduction

  • in use 9. Where there is poor or no extraction at

  • the source 10. Where staff do not have suitable protective

  • clothing such as gloves or 11. Have the wrong or poorly maintained protective

  • clothing 12. Not knowing how to put on or take off

  • gloves safely 13. Poor house keeping and storage of chemicals

  • or hazardous substances

  • And where there is a

  • 14. Lack of awareness of the risk among staff and poor management

  • So how does all this affect your health?

  • Damage to your skin can lead to a number of health effects:

  • 15. Irritant dermatitis or burns 16. Skin sensitisation and allergic dermatitis

  • even to very small quantities 17. Pain and discomfort

  • 18. Infection 19. Sunburn and possibly Cancer

  • How do you control the risks?

  • Taking steps to control the risks means you must identify which hazardous materials staff

  • are exposed to. Then consider what steps are needed to remove or reduce this exposure,

  • for example:

  • 20. Use chemicals and hazardous substances that are less harmful to skin

  • 21. Ensure good containment of the hazardous material

  • 22. Consider tools and working practices that would minimise exposure to wet work and chemicals

  • 23. Provide and maintain good work equipment and extraction systems

  • 24. Provide suitable protective equipment such as overalls, gloves or aprons as appropriate

  • 25. Practice good storage and house keeping 26. Consider skin health checks for exposed

  • staff 27. Always monitor your systems to ensure

  • they are working correctly

  • Following these examples will help you reduce your health risks at work. For more information,

  • check out the where to get extra help and support chapter at the end of this DVD and in the guidance pack.

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