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June 17, 2016

Skin Safety in the Workplace: Steps for Employers

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Skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects us, preserves water in our bodies, absorbs shock and controls our body temperature. So it makes sense to keep skin clean and safe, particularly in the workplace.This article provides information, tips and links to help protect skin on the job.

Skin Risks

Certain industries pose greater risks of harmful skin exposure than others. Some of these include food service, healthcare, cosmetology, agriculture, cleaning, painting, mechanics, printing and construction. However, it is important to be aware of skin health practices in any work environment because The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that every year, more than 13 million employees are exposed to harmful chemicals that could be absorbed through the skin.

Contact dermatitis, also known as eczema, is one of the most common occupational illnesses, with costs of over $1 billion a year. Contact dermatitis is characterized by itching, pain, redness, swelling and blisters. Burns, punctures and abrasions are another common workplace skin injuries. Employers should take every precaution to ensure employees’ skin stays safe from harm.


Wash handsEnsure skin safety at work and reduce your potential liability by using preventive techniques. Avoid harmful cleaners and solvents, like paint thinners, abrasive powders and d’limonene-based hand cleaners (also known as “orange” hand soaps). Commercial skin care provider Deb Group says that borax and pumice-based hand cleaners tend to strip skin of its natural barrier, making it more susceptible to skin issues like rashes and dermatitis. Instead of using these potentially harmful cleaners, employers can offer natural, health-conscious skincare brands and soaps from reputable companies.

June 14, 2016

New at MUTCD-Compliant Reflective Street Name Signs

U.S. safety sign manufacturer ComplianceSigns, Inc. now offers MUTCD-compliant reflective street name signs in eight styles to meet the needs of cities, towns, neighborhoods, homeowner’s associations and others. The Illinois-based sign manufacturer has sold reflective parking signs and traffic control signs for years, so street name signs are a natural addition to the company’s product line.

Although the signs are custom-made for each order, do-it-yourself website tools make sign creation and ordering fast and easy. The new signs are offered in eight styles and four colors. Sizes range from 6 to 12 inches high, and customers can also choose from three types of reflective material. The signs are made of sturdy 80-mil aluminum.