December 15, 2015
Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work
Watch for harsh chemicals
(HealthDay News) -- The workplace can be hard on hands, especially if you work near harsh chemicals or in an environment that takes a toll on your skin.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:
- Wear protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves and aprons, to keep oils, grease and caustic chemicals off your skin.
- After work, remove clothing that has been in contact with chemicals. Put on newly washed clothing the next day.
- Don't use mineral spirits, turpentine, gasoline or kerosene to clean your skin. After washing your hands with soap and water, apply lotion, cream or petroleum jelly.
- Have an emergency plan to safely and quickly remove chemicals that touch your skin or eyes.
- Don't eat, drink or smoke in your work space
- If you work outside, regularly apply sunscreen.