Occupational Skin Products
Pre-exposure, protective (barrier) creams or protective products
Skin-care products or postexposure skin care (emollients, moisturizers)
Such formulations may provide protection only against weak irritants and cannot replace the use of other protective means such as gloves.
Studies show that some external products fail to provide the declared anti-irritant efficacy and may actually aggravate irritation.
It is therefore recommended that occupational skin products within the three-step program should be tested experimentally against the relevant irritants from the occupations they are to be used in.
The efficacy of the protective creams is based mainly on skin physiology studies with healthy volunteers; only one RCT demonstrated a benefit in a real occupational setting.
Worker education is needed to provide optimal use and achieve the optimal protection from the three-step program.
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