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Can you protect yourself from skin-related occupational diseases?

Depending on the industry you are a part of in Minnesota, your job may require you to wear protective gear to keep you safe from hazards in the workplace. Occupational diseases for example, can affect your breathing and skin among other things, but skin-related illnesses are often more common than you may realize. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to better protect yourself. 

According to the Safety and Health Magazine, people who work with chemicals that can potentially be absorbed into their skin is in excess of 13 million in the United States. If you work in food service, health care, cosmetology and construction among others, you are at an even higher risk. Sometimes, continual contact with sanitizers or other chemicals can create an allergic reaction or leave your skin covered in eczema. Symptoms of eczema include swelling, blisters and itchy skin. If you work in an industry where you are required to wear protective gear, you can still be at risk of chemical exposure to your skin through splashes or contact with surfaces that are contaminated. 

If you are exposed to chemicals each day at work, take action to keep yourself safe by wearing all of the required protective gear including gloves and masks. You should also pay attention to your work and its processes so you can eliminate any contact with chemicals due to carelessness or distraction. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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