Revised guidance for dermatitis and urticaria at work [UK]

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has revised its publication on preventing contact dermatitis and urticaria at work.

The new streamlined guidance for employers lists their responsibilities, the tasks and substances that may cause harm, the symptoms of dermatitis and urticaria and how these types of contact skin disease can be prevented.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

Contact dermatitis and urticaria are both suffered by employees in many occupations, with contact dermatitis being the most common. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires employers to assess risks and to provide control measures, information and, where appropriate, health surveillance for employees.

The guidance advises employers to adopt the ‘APC’ (Avoid, Protect, Check) method to reduce or control the risk of employees contracting either illness.

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Sources:

‘Preventing contact dermatitis and urticaria at work’, published on HSE.gov.uk on 29 July 2015.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

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