Worker’s Protection: Gloves and Creams

  • Britta WulfhorstEmail author
  • Swen Malte John
  • Meike Strunk


A hierarchy of risk management aims to protect workers against hand eczema (elimination or substitution of harmful substances, technical measures/no touch techniques, organizational measures). Workers’ personal skin protection as the final step in the hierarchy of protective measures should be optimized by adequate choice of gloves, barrier creams, emollients, and skin cleaning products and by workers education to improve their motivation to practice skin protection and to avoid application errors (Wulfhorst 2011). All skin protective measures should be summarized in a skin protection plan that includes handwashing, skin protection (gloves and barrier creams), and skin care. For the selection of protective gloves, barrier creams, skin cleansing products, and skin care products, standardized requirements or regulations for skin protection (e.g., EU Directive or US Occupational Safety and Health Standard) must be considered.


Skin protection Barrier gloves Chemical protective gloves Barrier creams Skin cleansing Workers’ education Patient education Educational programs Skin care products STOP concept Requirements for gloves Application of barrier creams 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Britta Wulfhorst
    • 1
    Email author
  • Swen Malte John
    • 2
  • Meike Strunk
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Human SciencesMedical School HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health TheoryLower Saxonian Institute of Occupational Dermatology (NIB), University of OsnabrueckOsnabrückGermany
  3. 3.Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health TheoryUniversity of OsnabrueckOsnabrueckGermany

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