Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Take Care Of Your Skin

Did you know that less people die in Australia from skin cancer than in the UK?  90% of those deaths could be prevented. So, Week 3 of our Health Month is ‘Take Care of Your Skin.’

The skin is the largest human organ and it plays a vital role as your body’s first line of defense against physical, chemical and microbiological hazards.

It does several jobs for us, it:

  • protects the inside of the body from damage
    · helps to keep our body temperature more or less the same
  • · gets rid of some body waste products through sweat


There are 2 main problems with the skin which we can help eliminate or reduce the risk of:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Dermatitis



  • Sun provides warmth, energy and vitamin D, but repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can cause brown spots, sun burn, wrinkles and potentially, skin cancer.
    • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one indoor tanning session increases melanoma (severe skin cancer) risk by 20 percent.
    • Check your skin regularly. Pay attention to odd freckles, moles, and growths on your skin, and consult your doctor if you notice any changes for an early diagnosis of skin diseases and its treatment.
    • Protect your children from the sun. Keep babies younger than 6 months old completely covered and in the shade.

There are some great awareness materials available, particularly materials produced by a campaign from IOSH and the British Association of Dermatologists.


Dermatitis is the term used to describe skin inflammation. Contact Dermatitis (also known as eczema) occurs as a result of repeated contact with substances that can cause either irritation or specific sensitisation.

Irritants and sensitising agents can be chemical (detergents, soaps, medications, solvents), biological (bacteria, viruses, fungi), mechanical (friction, shearing, pressure) or physical (ultraviolet radiations, extremes temperature, dry atmosphere, moisture).  Protect yourself at all times. Use your personal protective equipment and ensure you wash your hands thoroughly – see the HSE Guide to Hand Washing.

Pay special attention to the skin on your hands. Proper glove selection is essential. Be aware that some people may be allergic to material uses in gloves, e.g. latex. Wearing gloves for long periods can make the skin hot and sweaty, leading to skin problems; using separate cotton inner gloves can help prevent this.  Barrier creams may sometimes be used, where gloves can’t practicably be used; they are designed to prevent and reduce the penetration or absorption of several hazardous substances into the skin. Ensure its correct use.

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AND finally, please display the CEMEX Health Essential Poster on Taking Care of Your Skin which can be found at the end of this document or in UK News in the download section.