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Saturday Workshop: Workplace Measurement of Skin Barrier & Physiology

Efforts to assess skin exposures to chemicals usually focus only on the contaminant of interest. Few attempts have been made to quantify the physiological condition of exposed skin during work. Physiological properties that may influence exposure include skin surface pH (which influences bioaccessibility) and skin barrier integrity (which influences penetration through the stratum corneum). Skin surface pH, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and hydration index (HI) are commonly measured in clinical settings under controlled conditions; however, guidance is lacking for performing measurement in workplace settings where the investigator has less control over conditions. The objective of this Workshop on Workplace Measurement of Skin Barrier and Physiology is to gather international experts in dermatology, skin physiology, exposure assessment and relevant disciplines to develop guidance for workplace measurement of skin surface pH, TEWL, and HI and decide which parameters should be measured together. Please see the supporting information and agenda for more information.

Logistical Information

Date: Saturday June 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, 209 Victoria Street, Room 241
Registration: send an e-mail to Aleks Stefaniak (

This Workshop is open to everyone attending OEESC and is free, though it is a working meeting and is not intended as a tutorial or professional development class.

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