Around 40% of workers will be affected at some point in their career by an OSD, but for many workplace culture means that skin disorders often go unreported, and untreated, exacerbating the problem.
Swarfega advises that the use of appropriate skin care products can have a huge impact on the prevention of OSDs.
Here are Swarfega’s warning signs for anyone who suspects that they might be developing an OSD:
- Dry skin around the fingers
- Cracks around the finger nails
- Patches of dry skin starting to emerge
OSDs can manifest in different ways, ranging from redness and dryness, to eczema and skin infections.
Those working with contaminants such as mechanical oils, greases, solvents, resins and adhesives, are at high risk of OSDs, while those in the workshop are especially susceptible to skin disorders.
Keeping an eye out for the warning signs listed above will help with an early diagnosis, but Swarfega always recommends that prevention is better than the cure.
Harsh cleansing can break down the skin’s protective layer, so it’s important to choose the right products, and avoid heavy hand cleaners where possible.
Making sure skin is protected before and restored after working with contaminants is also important; protective and restorative creams do the job.
For those who think that they may be developing the early signs of an OSD, Swarfega recommend initiating a good quality skin care regime, and where appropriate, seeking medical help.
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