Every fifth Dane gets skin problems at work
Eczema or other skin diseases can have major consequences because one may have to leave his profession
Eczema or other skin diseases can have major consequences because one may have to leave his profession. The Danish Working Environment Authority is now launching a campaign to help employers and employees prevent skin disorders.
Over the past year, one in five Danes has had work-related problems with the skin. The problem is particularly big among young women. But one can do a lot to prevent skin problems.
The Danish Working Environment Authority has therefore prepared two new guidelines describing how the employer must prevent the employees from suffering from skin disorders:
Wet work is work where the employee frequently cleans hands or often has hands in contact with water, food, soap or detergents.
Avoid eczema - use gloves
Many people think that water is harmless. But if you work with your hands daily in water, or often wash your hands, use gloves - whether or not there is soap in the water. Water washes the grease from the skin, and it can cause dry hands, eczema and rashes. In the worst case, one can get chronic eczema and have to give up work.
Cleaning workers are particularly exposed to wet work. A study from the National Research Center for the Working Environment shows that 61% of the cleaning assistants have wet or damp hands at least ¼ of their working hours.
Unfortunately, many cleaning workers fail to wear gloves. Therefore, the Danish Working Environment Authority launches a video that will focus on the risk of eczema and make more people use gloves.