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Driving best practice through the 3-Moments of Skin Care

Paul Jakeway
October 02, 2018



Every day, more than 1 in 10 workers suffer from dermatitis[1] – sore and inflamed skin on the hands which can make routine manual tasks a challenge.


Dermatitis is just one of a number of Occupational Skin Disorders (OSDs) which collectively pose a threat to health, safety and efficiency in the workplace, as well as to the mental, physical and social wellbeing of the individuals affected.


Deb is shining a light on the importance of the 3-Moments of Skin Care – a universal best practice standard for skin care which heralds a breakthrough in the fight against OSDs.





Through the recently launched whitepaper, ‘Preventing Occupational Skin Disorders: Skin Care Best Practice’, Deb clearly re-affirms the 3-Moments of Skin Care as the industry standard for skin care and explains how businesses can adopt these three moments to improve skin behaviour compliance in the workplace.


The 3-Moments of Skin Care is the work of an expert panel of eight international dermatologists who have combined their wealth of experience and a comprehensive analysis of 75 published occupational skin care studies[2]These three moments identify when skin care action is required, more importantly highlighting when skin protection or restorative creams should be applied by workers – before starting work, after washing hands (during work) and after finishing work.


Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb, says: “The whitepaper provides an in-depth insight into tackling Occupational Skin Disorders and how businesses can take the preventative steps to ensure skin care is front of mind.


“The aim of the 3-Moments of Skin Care is to help occupational health and safety professionals develop a culture where skin health is considered a priority and where the wider workforce can understand, address and improve skin care behaviour compliance.


 “The ultimate objective is to reduce the incidence of OSDs and change workplace culture so that it is no longer deemed acceptable for workers to have to tolerate painful skin conditions. We believe the 3-Moments of Skin Care will form the catalyst for change in skin care behaviour.”


Frank Angear, General Manager for British Safety Industry Federation, adds: “The current rate of Occupational Skin Disorders is at an unacceptable level. Industry leaders and safety and health managers need to take action to reverse the trend and protect future generations. This simple and effective 3-Moments of Skin Care initiative provides a truly construction basis for re-evaluating existing skin care behaviour in the workplace.”


The 3-Moments of Skin Care is implemented in the DebSafe™ skin care programme for industry, which aims to drive positive and sustainable behaviour change, increase skin care compliance, change workplace culture, and ultimately, ensure healthy skin remains a priority in the workplace.





[1] Luckhaupt et. Al; American Journal of Industrial Medicine 56:623-634 (2013)

[2] The three moments of skin cream application: an evidence-based proposal for use of skin creams in the prevention of irritant contact dermatitis in the workplace; J.Hines, S.M.Wilkinson, S.M.John, T.L.Diepgen, J.English, T.Rustemeyer, S.Wassilew, S.Kezic, H.I.Maibach; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 20

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