Tradespeople, especially mechanics, are at the highest risk of occupational skin disorders, being regularly exposed to potential irritants such as oil, grease and solvents.
Work-related skin problems are more prevalent than previously thought – the European Dermatology Forum predicts that occupational skin disorders (OSDs) may be underestimated by 20 to 50 times.
Various studies have suggested that many employees are unsure of what actually constitutes an OSD and that skin diseases are in fact the second most-common work-related health issue in Europe.
“If you’ve experienced bleeding or cracked skin at work, then this could be a form of skin disease that may be treated and prevented with the right skincare,” commented a spokesperson for popular skincare brand Swarfega.
“From both an employee and employer’s point of view, this should be dealt with promptly, as skin disorders can be so extreme as to affect grip and job performance, thus impacting work productivity.
“Treating skincare as a priority in the workplace is especially important amongst mechanics.
“Hands are the tools of the trade.”
Where employees have voiced concerns about skincare, often mentioned is the poor quality of products available for them in the workplace.
According to employees, creams in particular often leave a greasy after-feel and take time to be absorbed.
Over the past 70 years, Swarfega has built a name for itself by keeping hands in check.
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.
Its three-step skin care systems protect, cleanse and restore the skin – all vital steps when it comes to preventing OSDs.
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