RR300 - Development of a field method for the assessment of the effectiveness of barrier creams in preventing skin irritation reactions
This report presents findings of a study designed to develop a field test method using non-invasive bioengineering skin instrumentation for evaluating the effectiveness of a barrier cream against chemical skin irritants used in a typical work place setting. Both the baseline and test protocols developed can be easily adopted in different industrial settings and used to evaluate other barrier creams (BCs) for different substances used on industrial sites. The instruments and test protocols used here showed that the BC we evaluated was effective in protecting the skin from a strong skin irritant SLS) and one of the two oils used on site. Of the instruments used in the factory setting, the Chromameter and the TEWL provided the most reliable and stable data.
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