The first Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then it has occurred every 2-3 years and has become the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries and practical ideas from all corners of the globe. The exchange of information from the multidisciplinary participants has enabled steps forward in prevention of ill health due to skin exposure.
The next conference will again bring together a wide range of disciplines and knowledge recognising the reality that it is an individual’s skin 24 hours a day and not simply whilst they are at work. Through increased communication between occupational and non-occupational fields, with the great levels of expertise that both these have attained, we can develop ways in which overall awareness of skin exposure issues can be increased and ultimately long term improvements in the reduction of damage to health due to skin exposure.