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Work related skin-problems are very common in occupations where employees work with water, oils, flours or other chemicals. High risk occupations include Hairdressing, catering, motor repair and construction.
Work-related skin problems are caused or made worse by exposure to/coming into contact with substances such as chemicals, and also through having wet hands for long periods, while at work. Dermatitis (also known as eczema) is by far the most common, but urticaria and skin cancer are also problems. Exposure to the sun can also cause problems.
Skin conditions can affect people in all kinds of employment. The 3 step Avoid, Protect and Check system can help prevent painful and debilitating skin conditions.
Avoid direct contact between unprotected hands and substances, products and wet work where this is sensible and practical, for instance:
Protect the skin. Avoiding contact will not always be possible so:
Check hands regularly for the first signs of itchy, dry or red skin:
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