Suffering from an occupational skin disorder (OSD) can have serious physical and financial consequences, according to Swarfega.
Skincare is vital when it comes to preventing unpleasant skin conditions such as dermatitis, which Swarfega say can manifest as a result of poor skin care can lead to sore, cracked fingers and hands.
A Swarfega spokesperson said: “Some sufferers find it difficult to carry out everyday tasks such as opening jars and turning on taps, not to mention gripping tools – an essential part of workshop life.
“A mechanic with an OSD who is already suffering physically, may also have low self-esteem because of their condition, further, they may be forced to take time off work to recover, thus resulting in a potential loss of income.
“Some mechanics try to battle through and ignore their OSD, potentially aggravating the condition in the long term.
“Ultimately, if an OSD is left untreated, this may even force a change of career – especially in the automotive industry, where exposure to contaminants is commonplace, and the hands are the most vital tool.
“For business owners, additional costs can add up – reduced performance and productivity, sick pay, temporary staff.”
The financial burden is hard to ignore, with each reported case of dermatitis costing an employer £6,000.
Protect, cleanse and restore
Swarfega’s skincare is specially developed and designed to help keep the skin in good condition, as well as retaining its protective function in a workshop environment.
To help prevent OSDs, Swarfega recommend a three-step approach; protect, cleanse and restore.
A few simple steps which can help reduce the wider impact of skin disorders in the workplace.
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