All employers are required to have a written Safety Statement which must be brought to the attention of all employees. It is a further requirement to implement all health and safety measures identified in the Safety Statement. The Safety Statement will include a written Risk Assessment which will identify if there are substances in the workplace that may cause dermatitis. The Risk Assessment should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Are you using one of the substances listed in Table 1?
  • Does the package containing the substance have the symbol Xi?
  • Does the safety data sheet have the safety or risk phrases S24, S37, R24, R27, R34, R35, R38 or R43? 
  • Who is likely to be exposed?
  • To what amounts or concentrations?
  • For how long?
  • How often?
  • Does the exposure exceed the daily occupational exposure level specified in the Chemical Agents Regulations?
  • Has anybody in the workplace suffered skin problems in the past?