What is Skin Surveillance?
Skin surveillance is typically required for employees exposed to and handling sensitising agents and skin irritants including machine oils, solvents, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. These chemicals and irritants slowly degrade the skin causing dryness, cracking and itching which can become very unpleasant for the employee. It is worth remembering an employee’s health should not be affected by the work they do and their hands are very much part of their health. Over time, certain sensitising chemicals can cause and trigger skin sensitisation which along with exacerbated symptoms can in serious cases lead to anaphylaxis. Skin surveillance contributes to compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
We can help you to manage this by completing skin health surveillance checks. These can be part of a health surveillance program or a standalone skin check. It typically includes a questionnaire and a visual skin check.
Following the skin health surveillance checks, the employee and the employer will be given a Fitness for Work Certificate stating the outcome as fit for work or fit for work with restrictions.
Where can Skin Health Surveillance Checks be Carried Out?
As with most of our services, these can be at your workplace or our offices in Royal Wootton Bassett. If it’s only a handful of people or individuals, then our office works well, otherwise it makes sense to arrange at your workplace.