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Occupational Skin Disorders (OSD)

Visible skin problems, such as red, sore or chapped skin, lead to more serious instances of dermatitis.

OSD is a threat to health and efficiency in the workplace that goes largely unreported. With no clear guidelines for skin care best practice there is insufficient perception of the problem and lack of understanding of the consequences of poor skin condition.

“40% of dermatitis cases in the food industry are caused by contact with foods. Furthermore, damaged skin increases the risk of cross-contaminating food.”
HSE Food

“The incidence of occupational skin disease may be underestimated by 10-50 times”.
European Dermatology Forum White Book – Skin Diseases

"The food and catering industries account for 10% of all occupational dermatitis; it is one of the main occupational health threats.”
HSE Food

Risk for Employees

  • Sickness absence from work
  • Reduced efficiency at work
  • Reduced pay
  • Lower morale

Risk for Employers

  • Reduced productivity
  • Increased costs due to sickness days

Implementing skin care best practice is essential to ensure hand hygiene compliance and maintain food safety standards in the workplace.

Occupational dermatitis is more easily prevented than cured and the costs of prevention are much less than those of a cure.