Visible skin problems, such as red, sore or chapped skin, lead to more serious instances of dermatitis.
Food industry occupational skin disorders are 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 a lack of understanding of the consequences of poor skin health.
“The overall prevalence of dermatitis among current/recent workers was 9.8%, representing approximately 15.2 million workers with dermatitis.”
Prevalence of Dermatitis in the Working Population, United States, 2010 National Health Interview Survey
“The incidence of occupational skin disease may be underestimated by 10-50 times”.
European Dermatology Forum White Book – Skin Diseases
"73% of skin cases reported were contact dermatitis."
CDC Foundation Epidermiol. Infect. (2008), 136, 65-72
Risk for Employees
- Absence from work due to illness
- Reduced efficiency at work
- Reduced pay
- Lower morale
Risk for Employers
- Reduced productivity
- Increased costs due to absenteeism
Implementing skin care best practice is essential to ensure hand hygiene compliance and maintain food safety standards in the workplace by preventing food industry occupational skin disorders.
Occupational dermatitis is more easily prevented than cured and the costs of prevention are much less than those of a cure.