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May 23, 2024

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MPs get a closer look at their skin with UV Unit that detects skin conditions

MPs and staff at the Houses of Parliament have been getting a closer look at their skin with new equipment made available in the UK from safety supplier, Arco. 

19 personal sessions were held at the Palace of Westminster using a UV unit designed to detect skin cancer, dermatitis and other skin conditions in the workplace. 

Example of the skincare testing

The sessions were held in order to highlight awareness and proactive measures for skin diseases – the second most frequent health problem in Europe.

They were run by Nick Foort, a skincare specialist from safety equipment supplier Arco. He said: “Skin conditions may not appear for decades, and that’s why it’s so important to make people aware of skincare in the workplace.

“My presentations often start out as a bit of fun, with everyone having a go at being tested by the machines. However, this can lead to life-saving information about a potential skincare condition.  

“No one else in the UK has access to this type of skin care equipment.”

Nick and a team spent two days giving participants comprehensive skin examinations.

He presented interactive seminars and advisory sessions and used the specialist equipment to detect skin irregularities; a dermascope for assessing skin elasticity, hydration, and pigmentation levels; and a portable hydration probe to evaluate the risk of dermatitis. 

He said despite being the third most common safety issue for most businesses, occupational skin disease goes largely unreported in the workplace.

Nick, who is certified by NEBOSH and IOSH, holds a variety of skin care qualifications and has previously delivered this awareness session to organisations such as Sellafield, Astra Zeneca and HS2, as well as for the players and staff of Manchester United, Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers.  

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