Research has shown that occupational skin diseases are the second most common work-related health problem in Europe. Most cases can be avoided, however, by implementing an accessible skin management processes to reduce the risk of skin being exposed to irritating substances & hazards.
To keep skin healthy and prevent the risk of work related skin disease, hand washing alone is not enough. Employees should use pre-work protection creams as well as after work restoration creams as part of a daily skin care routine.
Every day, hands are exposed to challenging substances in the workplace such as grease, oil, detergents, and soapy water. It is estimated that just one in 10 employees, faced with these difficult conditions, follows best hand hygiene practice in the workplace. Failing to do so can lead to the diagnosis of occupational skin disease.
For employees, the consequence is particularly costly, both in terms of a loss of income due to increased absenteeism from work, as well as the impact that it has on their personal life and self-esteem. When an employee contracts an occupational skin disease, it can be costly for employers too as productivity & profit margins are affected by employee absence and, in some cases, businesses can face compensation claims.
A healthy skin workplace requires a safety mind-set where employees provide staff with specialist pre-work creams before coming into contact with challenging substances. Research we have seen advises that employers should provide their staff with appropriate ‘restore’ creams, to be used after cleansing the hands at the end of each day. These products work by moisturising and conditioning the skin, improving its strength. This ensures that the skin doesn’t become dry, sore, and chapped, leading to occupational skin disease.