Skin exposure risks at work


Employers have a legal duty to carry out a risk assessment of skin exposure from hazardous substances.

Author: David Combes
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The HSE have published new guidance on managing skin exposure risks at work. The guidance covers;

  • the protective role of the skin
  • ill health arising from skin exposure
  • recognising potential skin exposure
  • managing skin exposure to prevent disease

Employers have a legal duty to carry out a risk assessment of skin exposure from hazardous substances.  Potential exposure to oil is a serious issue for garages but also prolonged or frequent exposure to water, particularly with soap and detergents can cause dermatitis. Car valeters/body washers can be at risk in this way.

David Combes

In remeberance of David Combes 1948 – 2020

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