Service 1: Skin Condition Audit (SCA)
What is an SCA?
- A skin measurement process assessing the condition of workers’ hands and providing individual feedback.
- Provides an anonymised report for employers detailing the skin condition of their workers on a group level.
How does the SCA work?
- Trained skin care advisors meet workers individually and take five different types of skin condition measurements.
- Consultations last 5 – 7 minutes.
- Around 50 workers can be assessed per day.
Who will take part in the SCA?
- Those workers likely to be in contact with potentially irritating substances and at risk of having poor skin condition.
- All appropriate workers, or a proportion that is statistically representative of the whole site or company.
What is the benefit?
- Provides individual workers with a simple skin condition assessment and advice on how to reduce their risk of potential skin problems.
- Employers gain an understanding of the overall skin condition of their workers via a Skin Condition Index rating, providing an evidence-based assessment of risk and baseline.
- Repeat audits (every 6-12 months) to allow workers and employers to monitor and evaluate skin condition, revising practices and procedures as appropriate to minimise the consequences poor skin condition.