Are you a Healthcare Worker? Washing Your Hands Often?
calendar icon May 6th, 2021
Are you a Healthcare Worker? Washing Your Hands Often?

As a healthcare worker, there are many potential hazards in your workplace that can affect your skin and cause skin disease. Approximately 20% of healthcare workers have occupational hand dermatitis.


Hand dermatitis often starts as dry skin, but if the exposure continues and the skin is not treated, the dermatitis may progress to more serious and often painful outcomes, including very itchy or sore and burning skin, scaling and cracks which may bleed, and small water blisters called vesicles. Dermatitis is most often caused by physical agents or chemical substances that are irritating and damaging to the skin, typically because of repeated and prolonged contact.


Learn about the risks of occupational hand dermatitis.


PSHSA and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CRE-OD) are looking for healthcare workers to participate in an online research study evaluating an online learning module for occupational hand dermatitis.


The purpose of this study is to evaluate an online training module regarding best practices for early identification, management and prevention of occupational hand dermatitis, including self-screening among healthcare workers in Ontario.


Participants will receive up to $40 in gift cards for participating in the study.


Participate by taking the eLearning and completing the post-training survey and form here:


For more information about this study, please contact:

Dr. Kathryn Nichol

Principal Investigator




Katherine Zagrodney

Research Associate

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