SKC is Now Your Exclusive Source for CLI Surface and Dermal Assessment and Control Tools

On July 15, 2019, SKC Inc. acquired Colormetric Laboratories, Inc. (CLI).
SKC is excited to add CLI products to our highly respected, longstanding sampling solutions that help you maintain the health and safety of workers. SKC looks forward to continuing to provide the same great CLI products with excellent customer and technical support.


The Pioneer in Reduction of Dermal Exposure

Historically, industrial hygienists have focused on air monitoring to ensure worker safety. CLI was the first company to recognize that, for chemicals in the workplace that are non-volatile, such as aromatic amines and isocyanates, the primary route of exposure may be the skin. CLI has worked to develop products that successfully identify and reduce dermal exposures in work environments.

Approximately 60% of all regulated chemicals carry a "skin" notation, i.e. the propensity for the compound to penetrate the natural barrier layer of the skin thus presenting a toxicologically significant route for exposure, and solvent usage is especially risky because solvents have the ability to carry other chemicals through the skin. Independent studies have shown that isocyanates have the ability to activate and trigger responses of the immune system by topical exposure including allergic contact dermatitis. Animal studies suggest that dermal exposure may trigger induction of sensitization but rats did not exhibit pulmonary effects in the absence of inhalation exposure, and marked respiratory changes were only observed after repeated inhalation challenges using irritating concentrations. Research has shown that less than 1% of dermally applied MDI is able to pass through skin. However, it is important to eliminate any potential dermal exposure to a chemical with the SKIN notation, including isocyanates..

Avoiding skin exposure to isocyanates has always been at the core of industry product stewardship efforts and CLI's SwypeTM detectors are a useful tool in this effort. For more information, see White Paper: A Review of Whether Dermal Exposure to Diisocyanates Causes Occupational Asthma.

CLI's goal is to assist the industrial hygiene professional in minimizing the risk of dermal exposure by providing unique detection and decontamination products, consulting services and education.

Learn how to implement a program of dermal exposure reduction in your organization.

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