RCN survey will investigate nurses’ experiences of work-related skin damage

Nurses are invited to talk about their experiences of dermatitis in the workplace

Nurses are invited to talk about their experiences of dermatitis in the workplace

Results of the dermatitis survey will be presented during the RCN glove awareness week

Is the skin on your hands damaged by exposure to chemicals at work? Does your employer help, or are you left to deal with it on your own?

The RCN has launched a survey to find out the prevalence of work-related dermatitis and what employers are doing to help.

Skin infections can present a risk to patients

Dermatitis occurs when a substance irritates the skin causing an allergic reaction; it can cause redness, cracking and swelling.

If the affected skin is unable to heal it can become infected and this can present a risk to patients.

The college will use the survey’s findings to form the basis of a call for action to employers to find the best way to prevent and manage dermatitis among nursing staff.    

Skin damage can have far-reaching effects

RCN national officer for health and safety Kim Sunley said some healthcare workers were forced to leave their jobs because of skin damage to their hands.

‘For the most part this is preventable by following certain procedures as well as having the right support in the workplace,’ she said.

The survey is open to all nursing staff until 11pm, Sunday 12 January 2020. 

Results from the survey will be presented during the RCN’s annual glove awareness week at the end of April 2020.

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