Occupational dermatitis is a considerable burden but little is documented concerning industry response to this.
A postal questionnaire survey of 1,100 UK companies was conducted to investigate skin care provision.
The response rate was 51%. The person primarily responsible for health and safety had a professional qualification in only 34% of responding companies.
In all, 75% of companies responded that they were required to conduct COSHH risk assessments and, of these, 71% mentioned skin hazards.
Only 27% of companies had a skin care policy but 71% had procedures requiring glove use.
Seventy-seven per cent of companies did not conduct regular skin checks.
Twenty-six per cent had either been aware of a skin problem in the workforce in the last 12 months or had had to modify work practices.
Improvement of skin care in UK industry could be facilitated by the establishment of a minimum recommended training qualification ; assistance with compliance with COSHH legislation ; and guidelines to design and implement a skin policy, provide worker protection and detect skin problems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie professionnelle, Médecine travail, Industrie, Dermatite contact, Questionnaire, Règlement sécurité, Hygiène travail, Sécurité travail, Politique sanitaire, Entreprise, Royaume Uni, Europe, Epidémiologie, Peau pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational disease, Occupational medicine, Industry, Contact dermatitis, Questionnaire, Safety regulation, Occupational hygiene, Work safety, Health policy, Firm, United Kingdom, Europe, Epidemiology, Skin disease
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0187335
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 16/11/1999.