Skin problems are reputedly common in electroplaters.
To examine the steps taken by employers and employees to prevent or control skin problems, we visited six randomly selected electroplating establishments in Dorset and interviewed the employers and 50 of the employees using structured questionnaires.
Several of the companies had not complied with the statutory requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 1988, and deficiencies were evident in assessment, control and health surveillance.
A third of the employees had current or recent work-related skin problems, typically dermatitis.
Workers were generally ignorant about the hazards of materials handled.
They knew about personal protective equipment, but did not always use it, or used gloveware that was deficient or contaminated.
Only one in five employees adopted a rudimentary skin care programme ; many were unaware of the provision for skin care.
There is an urgent need for better training and more attention to skin care in electroplating workshops.
Mots-clés Pascal : Dépôt électrolytique, Industrie, Exposition professionnelle, Dermatite, Homme, Produit dangereux, Réglementation, Prise conscience, Direction entreprise, Cadre entreprise, Employé, Surveillance, Sécurité travail, Médecine travail, Peau pathologie, Royaume Uni, Europe, Observance
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Electrodeposition, Industry, Occupational exposure, Dermatitis, Human, Dangerous product, Regulation, Awareness, Firm leadership, Manager, Employee, Surveillance, Work safety, Occupational medicine, Skin disease, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0328681
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 12/09/1997.