POS_SWP 03_Skin Care



SWP: Skin Care

Ref No: POS_SWP 03_Skin Care

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Date: 05/07/21

Key Hazards


Personal Protective Equipment

  1. Cuts and abrasions

  2. Plant

  3. Hazardous substances

  4. Extreme weather conditions: cold, wind, rain, heat, UV.

  1. Infection

  2. Dermatitis

  3. Skin irritant/sensitization

  4. Respiratory effects

  5. Sun burn

  6. Skin Cancer




  • Refer to COSHH assessment and Safety Data Sheet for all substances to be used prior to handling.

  • Find an alternative way of handling hazardous materials if possible to avoid skin contamination.

  • Workplace husbandry to be conducted as part of working routine.

  • Wear appropriate PPE which is identified on the COSHH assessment and Safety Data Sheet.

  • Avoid touching face and mouth with hands.

  • Keep skin clean, wash with soap and water.

  • Dry thoroughly to prevent sore skin.

  • Apply barrier cream where appropriate to aid skin protection.

  • Apply after work moisturiser to help keep hands/skin in a healthy condition.

  • Clean cuts/wounds thoroughly.

  • Cover any cuts/wounds with a suitable dressing.

  • Change gloves/clothing if heavily soiled or wet.

  • Use sun cream in order to protect against effects of UV damage. Use a high factor sunscreen where required.

  • Stay in the shade whenever possible.

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

  • Check your skin regularly for unusual spots or moles. Report promptly to your doctor.

  • Report any skin symptoms to your manager.

Do Not

Handle unknown substances.

Unnecessarily expose your skin.

Eat, drink or smoke without washing your hands.

Leave uncovered cuts/wounds.

Do not unnecessarily expose your skin to the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm.
Sunburn can double the risk of skin cancer.

Never wear oil-contaminated clothes next to your skin.

Don't use abrasives or solvents to clean your skin.

Specific Training Requirements:

  • COSHH Toolbox Talk

  • Extreme Weather Toolbox Talk

Risk Assessments:


  • Extreme and Inclement Weather





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