Press Release
Date of Issue:
29th August 2012

Occupational dermatitis is one of the most prevalent industrial diseases, accounting for 3% of all sickness absence certified to occupational illnesses in the UK[i]. The Health & Safety Executive estimates that there are 40,000 new dermatitis cases each year – the majority of these caused or made worse by work[ii].

Some of the most common causes of occupational dermatitis include working in wet or humid environments, chemicals, oils, greases and bleaches, continuous washing and the wearing of liquid proof gloves that prevent the skin from breathing. These risks can be found in a wide range of work places and is a risk that should be correctly managed. To help manage the risks of occupational dermatitis, Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, has launched the Arco Three-Step Industrial Skincare System to help defend the skin from occupational skin disorders.

Each of the three steps in the system plays a vital role in hand protection. The Pre-Work Cream protects the skin from contaminants, including chemicals, oils and greases, and also eases the cleansing process. The Pre-Work Cream is an ideal way of giving your hands a barrier of protection especially when wearing gloves may not be practical. The secondary stage is a gentle hand cleanser that works with the Pre-Work Cream to effectively remove contaminants that are present on the hands. The cleanser is available in three strengths, light, heavy duty and ultra, enabling the user to thoroughly cleanse their hands using the gentlest formula for removal of the particular contaminant. The third step is the After Work Cream that restores skin that has been weakened by environmental and mechanical factors. The cream works by replacing moisture and lipids, supplementing the skin’s natural healing process.

Each of the products in the Arco Three-Step Industrial Skincare System are designed to work together to keep hands protected, clean and healthy and form part of the assessment needs for COSHH. The skincare range is also suitable for 85% of industrial cases, from mechanics working with heavy machinery to hairdressers working with hair dyes and chemicals. The Health & Safety Executive’s document ‘Working with Substances Hazardous to Health’ recommends using skincare products like the Arco Three-Step Industrial Skincare System as a control measure to reduce exposure to contaminants. Dispensers are also available offering users a simple way to get the right dose, saving money and storage space.

For further information about the Arco Industrial Three-Step Skincare System or any of the Arco product range, visit, visit your local trade counter to collect or contact your local sales office for further advice.


Notes to editors

About Arco

Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, distributing quality products and training and providing expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning 4 generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer a world-class range of over 22,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, interactive website and 40 strong local branch network. The company has sales of over £200m and employs approximately 1500 people. It recently won the Outstanding Website Innovation and Performance (B2B) award in the European Catalogue and Mail Order Days (ECMOD) Industry awards.

Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre tax profits annually. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2009 it was awarded a Big Tick for its supply chain management from Business in the Community. In 2010, Arco became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. The company has also received the highly prestigious Family Business Honour by JP Morgan’s Private Bank and the Institute of Family Business (IFB). Going forward, Arco further demonstrates its position as the UK’s leading safety company as the exclusive supplier of PPE, footwear and workwear to the BLOODHOUND project’s support team involved with the design, build and race of a car to raise the world land speed record to 1,000mph in 2012. For more information, visit

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