Leaflets and information
- It’s in your hands, a leaflet produced as part of a campaign initiated by the HSE and BSIF. It provides concise information on how to prevent work-related dermatitis, and covers causes, contact, legal obligations and control measures.
- A guidance note from the HSE on Medical aspects of occupational skin disease, targeted at health professionals. It offers advice on how to carry out health surveillance of people at risk from agents that cause skin damage.
- A UNISON guide for safety representatives on Dermatitis at work. It provides information on causes, occupations affected, avoidance and control, legal aspects and compensation and benefits
- Preventing dermatitis at work, an HSE leaflet for both employers and employees. It outlines causes, occupations affected, agents responsible for causing problems, avoidance, legal obligations and compensation and benefits.
- Work-related dermatitis, a substantial document outlining the HSE’s Skin Disease project, part of its Disease Reduction Programme to reduce the incidence of work-related ill health caused by exposure to hazardous agents. The Skin Disease project aims to achieve a 10% reduction in the incidence of dermatitis from 2004 to 2008. It provides statistics, discusses how exposure occurs, and looks at occupations and causative agents. It also has a section on awareness trainingGuidelines for care of contact dermatitis, a paper in the British Journal of Dermatology by Bourke et al. (2001)
- Strategies for prevention: occupational contact dermatitis, a review paper in the journal Occupational Medicine by Brown (2004)
- Selecting protective gloves for work with chemicals: guidance for employers and health and safety specialists, an HSE leaflet that outlines how to choose appropriate protective gloves.
- The HSE’s COSHH essentials website provides advice on controlling the use of chemicals and was developed to help firms comply with the COSHH Regulations. It also contains guidance documents on skin or eye contact, selecting protective gloves, selecting personal protective equipment and health surveillance for occupational dermatitis.
- The HSE’s leaflet Sun protection: advice for employers of outdoor workers.
- Current concepts of irritant contact dermatitis, a paper in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine by English (2004). It covers the management and prevention of contact dermatitis.
- HSE leaflets on controlling the risk of skin exposures in nickel and nickel alloy plating operations, occupational dermatitis in the catering and food industries.
- HSE leaflets on skin risks associated with particular substances, including chromium and you and nickel and you.
- Primary prevention strategies: occupational contact dermatitis produced by St Michael’s Hospital, Occupational Health Clinic, Canada.
- Small changes, big difference NHS Choices’ advice for line managers on supporting employees with long-term medical condition.
- Institute of Occupational Medicine’s Sickness Absence Recording Tool occupational dermatitis site.
- HSE’s Skin at work webpages, including case studies of dermatitis in fabric coating, hairdressing and food manufacture.
- HSE webpages on specific industries, including food and drink manufacture, hairdressing, metalworking and printing.
- Health Risks at Work initiative from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.
- HSE webpages on specific substances, including latex and metalworking fluids.
- NHS Health at Work and NHS Direct.
- The presentation, Skin disorders: training for managers can be used for training purposes. You can use the editable supplementary slide to tailor the material to a particular organisation.
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