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Five Reasons Why Your Company Should Implement a Dermal Exposure Reduction Program.
- Contact dermatitis continues as a major occupational disease. OSHA estimates over 400,000 cases annually.
- 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.
- 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 induce pulmonary sensitization in laboratory animals from dermal exposure only without any previous inhalation exposure.
- Many chemicals are lipophilic (insoluble in water) and are not effectively removed with common industrial soap and water cleansers. Consult your MSDS to determine the solubility of the chemicals in use at your facility.
Implementing a Program
Follow the step-by-step guide to increase employee awareness of skin exposure potential and reduce chemical contact exposures to amines, isocyanates, solvents, and acid or alkaline compounds.
Preventing skin contact with toxic chemicals and subsequent illnesses is in the best interest of your employees and business.
OSHA'S PPE regulation requires that the selection of appropriate PPE be determined by a hazard assessment.
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