With news of a 2040 the sales ban on new diesel and petrol cars and vans, Swarfega has said the use of heavy duty hand cleaners will still be required by mechanics and vehicle technicians of the future.
Chris Brooks, technical product manager at Swarfega, said: “Despite the lack of internal combustion engines, mechanics will still be dealing with plenty of workplace contaminants used for maintaining moving parts.
“Just because contaminants in the workshop are changing, it doesn’t mean that your skin care should be neglected.”
With the news that hybrid vehicles will be exempt from the ban, Swarfega say petrol and diesel engines will still be present in the workshop.
Mick of Manchester Hybrids said: “With hybrid cars, there is no difference repair-wise.
“There will be plenty of brake dust and road dirt to deal with in EVs and hybrid cars.
“You would treat your hand care in the same way.”
Work-related skin problems are rife among mechanics and are the second most-common work-related health issue in Europe, Swarfega reports.
The skincare brand adds that contact with contaminants can exacerbate skin disorders but choosing incorrect hand cleaners could also make the problem worse.
Chris said: “With the introduction of EVs and hybrids, the types of soilings will differ, and we think there may be less oil and grease.
“Many mechanics however may continue to use the same hand cleaners they always have, keeping their skin care routine exactly the same.
“Within the Swarfega range, there are hand cleaners of varying strength that are targeted at different types of grease and grime.
“As a rule, you should always choose the most appropriate strength hand cleaner that’ll do the job to avoid stripping the important natural oils from your skin.
“Choosing the right cleaner will minimise the loss of these oils and will help your skin stay healthy.”
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