Checks and precautions you can take to prevent damage to skin
As an employer you have a duty of care to protect your employees and yourself from workplace hazards. Employees also have a responsibility to protect themselves and others.
If not managed correctly, skin irritation problems can have a considerable impact on employees and organisations.
Use the links below to find information on common hazards to skin and precautions.
Employees are at risk if they are in contact with substances that are
These can cause skin problems at the site of skin contact, for example arms or legs. They can also transfer from hands to other parts of the body, including eyes or mouth.
Working conditions that can lead to skin problems include
Skin problems can also occur through exposure to
If hazards to skin cannot be avoided, then best way to find out about the risks in your organisation, and how to address these, is by discussing issues with staff and carrying out a risk assessment.
Find out how to carry out a risk assessment
You can share the video below with your employees to help raise awareness and encourage discussion on the subject.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team