News and Notices

Looking after your skin

As part of our on-going commitment to our staff’s health, wellbeing and safety the Trust is implementing a skin surveillance programme to ensure early indicators of occupational skin disease are identified and treated when required.


Occupational skin disease is any skin disorder which is caused by a person’s work.  A person’s existing skin condition may also be exacerbated by work activities or exposure to substances used in connection with work activity.


Staff who require annual skin surveillance will work with the following conditions:

  • Frequent glove use

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Exposure to chemicals

  • Exposure to food products

  • Exposure to heat, cold or friction

It is the manager’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure that these checks are undertaken on an annual basis.  It is also the employee’s responsibility to raise any concerns regarding their skin with their manager.


To help support managers undertake this check a number of guides have been produced.


•           Employee Guide – Caring for your skin

•           Managers Guidance to Completing a Skin Check

•           Skin Check Record Sheet

•           Departmental Skin Surveillance Summary Sheet 

This guidance and the relevant forms can be found on the Staff Zone under Health and Safety here.


What do I need to do next?

  • Each team manager needs to identify the staff that require Skin Surveillance within their teams.

  • Once these staff have been identified, arrangements need to be made to meet with the members of staff and undertake the skin check record sheet.  The Skin Surveillance Check should take no more than five minutes.

  • If the skin check identifies any areas of concern, please send a copy to Occupational Health and keep a copy of the staff members file.

  • Occupational health will then arrange for a full assessment and make recommendations if required.