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Simple steps to prevent skin damage

Use the Avoid, Protect, Check approach:

Case study

Workers at a company using photographic chemicals developed a skin disease called ‘allergic contact dermatitis’. Symptoms of this condition include skin blistering, cracking, splitting, swelling and weeping.

The company was prosecuted and fined for six separate breaches of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

What should have happened

The employer should have considered using a different photographic chemical or designed and operated a process to avoid employees coming into contact with the harmful substances.

The risk of other workers developing allergic contact dermatitis would have been removed or reduced.

Updated 2012-08-30