Author: David Combes
Published: January 30, 2009
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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.