HM Specialist Inspector
Health & Safety Executive
Diane Llewellyn will be a Keynote presenter at the 7th Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) Conference. She will be speaking on the ‘New Developments in Prevention of Skin Exposure’.
Diane Llewellyn is a Specialist Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive. She is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist and an affiliate member of the Society of Occupational Medicine. She has worked for HSE since 1978 and has held a variety of posts in the field of Occupational Hygiene. She is based in the Occupational Hygiene Unit in Bootle. Diane has the topic lead for skin issues and has helped to produce much of HSE’s guidance on managing dermal exposures in the workplace.
Over the past few decades scientific papers dealing with dermal exposure to chemicals has increased enormously. Evidence based guidance on the identification and assessment of risk and on the management of disease, once caused, has similarly increased. There have also been many papers on the primary prevention of skin disease. But, could we do more?
In this presentation I will consider the evidence base for primary prevention of occupational skin disease. With a what ‘works’ and what doesn’t ‘work’ and why approach, I will consider some of the more ‘traditional’ methods of controlling exposures before using some very practical examples to explore how advances in industrial technology might give us insights into controlling occupational exposures in the future. I hope this will stimulate a discussion on what more we might do in taking forward this topic.
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