Toolbox Talk Skin
Agenda • Structure of the Skin • How to look after your skin at work • Sun Awareness
Hazards • What are the hazards? • Working with: • cement • solvents • other chemicals • Exposure to the sun
Warning signs • The warning signs • Dry, red, sore and sometimes itchy • Skin may become brittle and crack
Risks - Dermatitis • Dermatitis • Any part of your body can be affected by dermatitis
Prevention • What should you do? • Wear gloves and other protective clothing • Replace damaged or dirty gloves • Keep yourself, your gloves & your workplace clean • Keep any cuts covered • Use and store gloves correctly
Skin care regime • Wash any contamination from skin promptly • Dry hands carefully and gently; use soft cotton or paper towels Use a suitable water based emollient / moisturising cream to protect your skin
Risks - Skin Burns • Skin Burns from Cement If wet cement becomes trapped against the skin, for example by kneeling in it or if cement falls into a boot or glove, a serious burn or ulcer can rapidly develop
Warning signs • Discoloration of the skin, gradually changing to a deep purple-blue colour • Serious chemical burns to the eyes can also be caused following a splash of cement. • Cement burns can also lead to allergic dermatitis.
Prevention • Suitable Clothing, • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) • Avoid ‘traps’ for fresh mortar or concrete to fall in • If ‘trapping’ does happen, clean immediately with copious amounts of clean water.
Risks - Sun Burn and Skin Cancer • Skin Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK • Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin • In the UK, 2,000 people a year die from malignant melanoma
Warning signs Speak to your Doctor if you are at all concerned
Prevention • Plan work where possible • Keep covered up when you are in the sunshine • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 • Have regular skin checks
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