|Topic: Protective equipment – Barrier Cream||Issued By: V.P., WorkSafe Services|
|Statute: Regulation 91-191||Date Issued: June 10, 1999|
|Section: 42(e)||Date Revised:|
42 Where an employee is exposed to a hazard that may injure the skin, the employee shall use, as necessary,
(e) a barrier cream or oil to prevent irritation to exposed parts of the body.
Does this section refer to sunscreen and insect repellent since these products help prevent irritation to exposed areas of the body?
This section is intended to address caustic substances that workers use in various processes. These substances can burn and irritate the skin. The effects of sun and insects are not unique to work environments and are not the focus of this requirement.
Where the only potential hazard to employees is overexposure to the sun or a risk of serious insect bites:
Employers could develop a written policy to deal with these issues (identifying the requirement for different tasks or work locations).