As a healthcare employer who provides high quality patient care we need to ensure that those who provide that care are fit and well, and part of that means looking after our skin.
Work related skin problems are common within the health and social care sector as employees have to carry out hand hygiene on a frequent basis and their skin can also regularly be exposed to chemicals or other materials used in the manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves.
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde cannot eliminate all known risks to staff skin health, therefore it is essential that measures are implemented to detect any health problem that might arise through an effective skin health surveillance programme, this allows for preventative action to be taken in order to safeguard the health of the employee. Skin health surveillance will also review existing risk assessments and control measures and provide assurance that workplace controls are adequate.
The updated Managing Skin at Work Procedure can be found below along with the new Skin Health Surveillance questionnaire.
If you require any advice regarding Skin Health Surveillance, please contact Occupational Health on 0141 201 0594.
The Learnpro modules "Managing Skin Care at Work for Managers" and "Managing Skin Care at Work for Responsible Persons" can be found within the CPD section.
The NES module Hand Hygiene is part of The Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway Foundation level and this can also be accessed via Learnpro.