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Webinar: Strategies for Prevention of Occupational Skin Disorders

An On-Demand EHS Today-hosted webinar, sponsored by SC Johnson Professional

Date: This webinar is available on-demand.
Originally Broadcast: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Occupational skin disorders have historically been a leading source of lost work time and related costs within US industry. While it is recognized that the regular use of protective and restorative skin creams is effective in preventing onset of skin disorders, the lack of a universal standard of use has resulted in uncertain implementation.

According to the CDC/NIOSH, 13 million workers are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. NIOSH Health Effects Laboratory warns that workers' skin is potentially at risk in a wide variety of occupations, including Food Service, Healthcare, Mechanical/Engineering, Printing, and Construction. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in a 2016 News Release that skin disorders, hearing loss, and poisoning account for 34% of occupational illnesses in heavy manufacturing states such as Ohio. With this in mind, it is important to note that one case of dermatitis can cost on average $23,780 to employers.

We will present a new universal standard for workplace skin care based on a risk assessment approach created through the consensus of international leaders in the field of occupational dermatology. We will also discuss practical approaches to the implementation of this standard in the workplace, including the importance of skin surveillance, worker education, and regular feedback as reinforcement.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Increase awareness of potential and cost of occupational skin conditions.
  2. Introduce a universal standard for workplace skin safety.
  3. Provide practical tools and training options for health & safety managers to implement and sustain best practice.





Armand A. Coppotelli, Senior Manager, Business Development & Technical Training, SC Johnson Professional      

Armand A. Coppotelli is Corporate Trainer and Business Development Manager for SC Johnson Professional (formerly Deb STOKO) a global occupational skin care company. Armand holds a Master Degree in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining SCJP, he served as an industrial hygienist and compliance officer during the late 1970s and early 1980s for the US Department of Labor- OSHA, Region III in Philadelphia.

Since then, Armand has been employed for 30+ years with SC Johnson Professional, conducting training and workshops for internal, as well as customer audiences. He has also coauthored articles for Industrial Safety & Hygiene, and Maintenance Supplies magazines, to name a few. Occupational skin care, specifically the prevention of work related occupational skin disease, as well as the implementation of proper hand hygiene is his area of expertise. He has developed this experience over the years through contact and workshops with leading occupational skin researchers, dermatologists, and corporate medical & safety directors.  Armand is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Andreas Klotz, Senior Technical Product Manager, SC Johnson Professional

Andreas Klotz is the Senior Technical Product Manager at SC Johnson Professional USA.  He holds extensive experience in professional skin care products to prevent work-related occupational skin diseases.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at University of Applied Sciences in Germany with a specialization in skin care and detergents.  Andreas previous roles included R&D and Marketing for Stoko in Europe for 17 years before he became a Sr. Marketing Manager with Stoko in the USA in 2012.

SC Johnson Professional® is part of SC Johnson®, a family company and one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. The company has a long history in the professional market, in which it started operating in the 1930’s.  SC Johnson Professional® provides expert skin care, cleaning & hygiene solutions for industrial, institutional and healthcare users. This incorporates the Deb range of specialist occupational skin care products along with well-known SC Johnson® brands and innovative professional cleaning & hygiene products.

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