Risks to skin

Last reviewed on 15/08/2013 16:36

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) place duties on you to take measures to prevent or control this exposure. Common conditions include dermatitis and burns and cancers of the skin. These often first appear as: dry, red, itchy skin, flaking, blistering, cracking, swelling and pain. This can lead to more severe skin damage, skin sensitisation and to long term allergy to the substances concerned The printed guidance chapter on Risks to your skin will help you begin to manage these exposures at work. The guidance helps you find the answers to the questions:

  • What should I know?
  • Am I at risk?
  • What should I do?
  • What should I avoid?

Health Risks at Work - Skin video

Download a transcript of the Health Risks at Work - Skin video.

There is information on hazardous substances and additional information on a range of topics including skin protection, skin care and glove selection. The Risk to skin video accompanying the chapter will help raise your awareness and you can use it with your staff to begin to involve them in finding suitable solutions.

For further information and support on the common Health Risks at Work check out the Where to get help section or contact the following organisations:

  • Healthy Working Lives (Scotland): 0800 019 2211
  • Health for Work (England): 0800 0778844
  • Work Boost Wales: 0845 609 6006
  • Health and Safety Works NI: 0300 020 0030

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The British Safety Industry Federation's It's in your hands campaign (external link) gives comprehensive information and resources on the management of skin problems at work and is supported by a range of industry partners including Health Risks at Work. 


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