Skin Assessment


Occupational skin disease is a common health problem. If not properly controlled or managed, exposure to certain substances and chemicals can cause skin irritation, Dermatitis or sensitivity which can lead to serious complications and infection if left unidentified and treated, which can limit your ability to carry out certain duties or work safely. 

Substances that are known to cause skin irritation or sensitisation include: 

  • Epoxy resins
  • Latex
  • Rubber
  • Soaps and cleaners
  • Metal working fluids
  • Wet work
  • Enzymes 
  • Wood, corrosive and irritating chemicals.

Signs and symptoms include the skin becoming: 

  • Red
  • Inflamed
  • Blistered
  • Dry
  • Thickened and/or cracked.

Employers have a duty to identify all skin irritants, assess the risk of developing skin problems, prevent contact with substances hazardous to health and to control exposure to substances known to cause Occupational Dermatitis under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992.


A questionnaire and visual examination of hands and forearms to identify any areas of concern will be undertaken. This can take as little as 5 minutes to complete. 

This will determine if the individual should return for yearly surveillance, have a follow up clinic appointment or refer to a specialist for further investigation and diagnosis. 

For further information please contact us on 01424 377 200 or email