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The skin can get injured in various ways, and none of them are much better than the other.
Sun exposure, particularly for outdoor workers, can lead to painful sunburns and, in an extended period of exposure, skin cancers.
Chemicals coming into contact with the skin can cause various skin conditions, like contact dermatitis. As well as burns and lesions.
Slips, trips and falls can cause cuts in the skin, ranging from mild to severe.
Keeping worker’s skin safe can be done in various ways, but most roads lead back to using the correct PPE. Gloves and protective clothing are great skin protection when used correctly.
SafetyNow resources help you teach workers what types of skin protection they have available to them, and what can go wrong when the skin is not protected.
Avoiding skin injuries is not only a benefit for productivity in the short-term, but can help workers avoid potentially fatal diseases later in life.
How To Prevent Occupational Dermatitis
Dermatitis is a painful skin condition which can be prevented. It is caused by a reaction to a substance on your skin. The symptoms include red, swollen and tender skin, hot and itchy patches or in severe cases, blisters. Exposure over a long period of time can cause thickening of the skin. In extreme cases it may eventually lead to skin cancer.
Contact dermatitis is caused by direct contact with the substances. There are two different kinds of contact dermatitis. One is an irritant dermatitis – a simple case of irritation caused by contact with the substance. The other type is allergic dermatitis, when repeated exposures to the substance cause the body to develop an allergic reaction. This reaction can then be triggered by even very small quantities of the substance.
It's Your Skin!
The part of your body which is most vulnerable to injury and disease is your skin. Many kinds of skin diseases, disorders and injuries can occur at work. So it is important to know how to protect your own skin.
Irritations, allergies, infections, cuts and scrapes, burns and poisoning are just some of the ways your skin can be damaged.
Skin irritations can be caused by a variety of chemical substances such as alkalis, acids, solvents and cutting oils.
Sun Protection is for Everyone
A suntan may look and feel good, but sunlight is the primary cause of skin cancer. The tingly warm sensation associated with sun exposure is actually radiation damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Outdoor workers are particularly vulnerable to sun damage, and because the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure are not always obvious, the dangers of skin cancer are sometimes overlooked.
If the chemicals you use for cleaning are causing a mild irritation on your skin, pay attention to it. Continued exposure could lead to chronic skin disease. You could even eventually lose the use of your hands.
Nearly half of all reported occupational illnesses are skin diseases. Reactions range from mild to disabling. The most common work-related skin disease is contact dermatitis, caused by contact with irritating substances. Skin can also become inflamed by long-term exposure to even mild substances.
Charlie did general labor for a home builder, and enjoyed his work. One day after installing rolls of insulation in the attic of a new home, he noticed that he had developed redness on his back. By the end of the week, he was red and itchy all over his body, and his eyes were irritated and swollen.
Charlie’s boss hadn’t told him he needed to wear protective clothing, and Charlie didn’t know. He got small particles of fiberglass on his clothing and in his skin.
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Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been around throughout history in various forms. Even everyday clothing is a form of PPE, but many jobs and workplaces have unique hazards that require additional protection, such as gloves, boots, eye protection and many others. This course will teach employees to identify the need for PPE, define the concept of a hazard assessment, things to consider when choosing PPE, and the different types of PPE used to protect all parts of the body. This course is intended for general-industry employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to use personal protective equipment. This course is presented in English and Spanish.
Hand and Pinch Point Safety
While on the job, using a tool improperly or not paying attention while working around heavy machinery can lead to damaging various parts of a worker’s hands. Because of the complexity of the hand, repairing the hand to its previous abilities may be difficult. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 140,000 hand injuries were reported in 2011 resulting in about 5 days away from work per injury. While most serious hand injuries occur as a result of physical trauma from machinery, other hand injuries can be caused by ergonomic hazards due to repetitive motion. While these injuries are less severe, they result in the most days away from work compared to other injuries. Learners who successfully complete this course will demonstrate knowledge of how to identify the types of hand hazards, methods of hand protection and types of gloves and their properties.
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