The APC Approach

Avoid direct skin contact by substitution of the substance or introduction of tools or equipment to keep a safe working distance.

Protect with PPE such as gloves, mild skin cleaning cream, pre-work creams, moisturisers and adequate welfare facilities.

Check for signs of itchy, dry or red skin (health surveillance) to ensure controls are adequate. Train staff in symptom identification and control measures.

By implementing a system of routine checking, employers and employees will be able to detect even subtle of changes to the skin, and work towards identifying where the issue originates and take positive action to eliminate or reduce any further exposure.