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GASKIN, Sharyn (2020); CURRIE, Naomi; CHERRIE, John W. What do occupational hygienists really know about skin exposure?

GASKIN, Sharyn (2020); CURRIE, Naomi; CHERRIE, John W. What do occupational hygienists really know about skin exposure?

GASKIN, Sharyn; CURRIE, Naomi; CHERRIE, John W. What do occupational hygienists really know about skin exposure? Annals of Work Exposures and Health [online]. 2020. wxaa046. [Consulta: 22.06.2020]. ISSN 2398-7316. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa046
 
Este artículo describe las respuestas a un cuestionario sobre prácticas laborales actuales y la comprensión del manejo de los problemas de exposición dérmica en el lugar de trabajo de miembros de la Sociedad Británica de Higiene Ocupacional (BOHS) y el Instituto Australiano de Higienistas Ocupacionales (AIOH). Los resultados sugieren formas de aumentar la competencia de los profesionales en el tratamiento de cuestiones de exposición dérmica en el lugar de trabajo, a través de mecanismos como orientación basada en la web, materiales educativos interactivos y seminarios web, así como talleres y seminarios.
 
Aquest article descriu les respostes a un qüestionari sobre pràctiques laborals actuals i la comprensió del maneig dels problemes d'exposició dèrmica al lloc de treball de membres de la Societat Britànica d'Higiene Ocupacional (BOHS) i l'Institut Australià de Higienistes Ocupacionals (AIOH). Els resultats suggereixen formes d'augmentar la competència dels professionals en el tractament de les qüestions d'exposició a l'exterior en el lloc de treball, a través de mecanismes com orientació basada a la web, materials educatius interactius i seminaris web, així com tallers i seminaris.
 
This article describes responses to a questionnaire on current work practices and understanding of the management of dermal exposure issues in the workplace from members of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH). The survey comprised questions in four key areas: employment demographics, experience managing dermal exposure, knowledge of dermal exposure management, and opinions on professional knowledge gaps and preferred training methods. The survey was disseminated in 2016 in the UK and 2018 in Australia, with 116 and 114 responses from each jurisdiction, respectively. The majority of respondents had personally evaluated the risks of dermal exposure to chemicals (BOHS 92%; AIOH 86%), albeit infrequently (less than a few times per year). Occupational Hygienists reportedly adopted a range of strategies to control dermal exposure problems, including chemical elimination/substitution (BOHS 68%; AIOH 68%), changing work practices (BOHS 79%; AIOH 75%), and education (BOHS 77%; AIOH 83%). The use of gloves or other personal protective equipment remained the most commonly cited exposure control measure (BOHS 99%; AIOH 97%). While there appeared to be a good understanding of common dermal exposure workplace scenarios (e.g. isocyanate exposure in motor vehicle repair, solvent exposure during spray painting), the overwhelming majority of respondents wished to find out more about assessing the risks from dermal exposure to chemicals (BOHS 89%; AIOH 88%). The outcomes suggest ways to increase the competence of professionals in dealing with dermal exposure matters in the workplace, through mechanisms such as web-based guidance, interactive educational materials and webinars, as well as workshops and seminars.
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