Safe Cleaning For Hands

Big Wipes industrial wipes can look after a professional tradeperson’s hands and be a part of a company’s overall health and safety strategy. 

According to the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures available, there are over 35,000 cases of work-related skin diseases diagnosed by GPs every year in the UK.  Exposure takes its toll and can leave sufferers in crippling pain – and millions of pounds are lost each year in sick days.

Work-related Contact Dermatitis – The Facts:

What is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that results from contact of an external substance with the skin. It most commonly affects the hands and the severity of the condition is influenced by the duration of exposure, the regularity of contact and the strength of the concentration of the substance.

What are the symptoms of Contact Dermatitis?

Dryness, redness, soreness, burning and itchiness of the skin are usually the first symptoms but these can deteriorate into a debilitating and painful condition if not treated. Blisters, swelling, flaking and cracking of the skin could be the next stage of dermatitis. The symptoms only occur on areas of the skin exposed to the irritant.

How can I get Contact Dermatitis?

If your skin is in contact with an irritant (e.g. harsh and abrasive substances, solvents, detergents, wet cement, petrol, degreasers, descalers, dust, soil), the top layer of protective skin can be removed, as well as stripping the skin off its natural oils. Almost all workers in wet-work industries, such as cleaning, engineering, building-site work, etc develop some degree of irritant contact dermatitis.  Contact with contaminated tools or surfaces can also lead to harmful substances landing on the skin, causing a problem.

What can I do to treat Contact Dermatitis?

Moisturisers, emollients, topical steroids and in some cases, antibiotics, may be suggested by your doctor or chemist to help clear symptoms. Even when the skin appears to be healed, its protective capacity could remain impaired for weeks.

What can I do to prevent Contact Dermatitis?

If avoiding the causative substance is not possible, then prompt and thorough cleaning of the skin after coming into contact with potential irritants is crucial in the prevention of dermatitis.

Thousands of tradespeople spend their days with their hands caked in dirt or harsh substances without having access to the facilities to clean them up. Even when soap and water are available, they just won’t shift the majority of modern construction and maintenance products.

Tradespeople therefore need easy access to high-quality hand cleaners and Big Wipes are the answer. High quality cleaning wipes, Big Wipes are totally portable and remove dirt and construction materials from hands, tools and surfaces swiftly and more efficiently than soap and water.

Big Wipes antibacterial hand cleansing wipes remove anything from water and oil-based paints to varnishes, silicone sealants, oils, epoxies and stubborn PU expanding foams and adhesives. Big Wipes are water based, preservative-free and contain four dermatologically tested skin conditioners, helping to nourish and protect the skin and thus preventing hands from becoming dry and cracked, both painful symptoms of dermatitis.

As Big Wipes can be thrown in the bin as soon as they have been used, the chance of contamination and the spread of dermatitis, which is often the case with shared tubs of hand cleaning gel, is greatly reduced.

Individuals who are concerned they may have a skin problem should always visit their GP for advice and treatment if needed.  For more information on work-related dermatitis and Health and Safety legislation, visit www.hse.gov.uk/skin