Please be aware in response to Covid-19, routine Occupational health activity has been modified or reduced. We continue to provide support & advice to staff in relation to their skin health although this may be carried out in a different way using telephone consultations or the Attend Anywhere video consultation service.
Temporary changes to Skin Health Surveillance process
If your staff member has dry/itchy / red skin that is not broken, cracked or bleeding:
If your staff member has broken, cracked or bleeding skin.
Please ensure you provide as much information on the questionnaires as possible.
Irritation from FRSM/Surgical Masks
Please do not submit a skin health surveillance questionnaire or a management referral form if a staff member is experiencing irritation from wearing a surgical or FRSM mask. Further Guidance on prevention and management of skin irritation can be found here
If the irritation continues please contact the nursing team on 0141 201 0594.
Should you have an appointment already arranged via Attend Anywhere software, then you may access the virtual waiting area using this link: https://nhsattend.vc/NHSGGCOccHealth.
We suggest using the link a few minutes before your appointment time. Please note that you must use Google Chrome or Apple Safari internet browser.
As a healthcare employer who provides high quality patient care we need to ensure that those who provide that care are fit and well, and part of that means looking after our skin.
Work related skin problems are common within the health and social care sector as employees have to carry out hand hygiene on a frequent basis and their skin can also regularly be exposed to chemicals or other materials used in the manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde cannot eliminate all known risks to staff skin health, therefore it is essential that measures are implemented to detect any health problem that might arise through an effective skin health surveillance programme, this allows for preventative action to be taken in order to safeguard the health of the employee. Skin health surveillance will also review existing risk assessments and control measures and provide assurance that workplace controls are adequate.
The updated Managing Skin at Work Procedure can be found below along with the new Skin Health Surveillance questionnaire.
If you require any advice regarding Skin Health Surveillance, please contact Occupational Health on 0141 201 0594.
The Learnpro modules "Managing Skin Care at Work for Managers" and "Managing Skin Care at Work for Responsible Persons" can be found within the CPD section.
The NES module Hand Hygiene is part of The Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway Foundation level and this can also be accessed via Learnpro.