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Skin Notation (SK) Profiles

	cover page for skin notation profile document

In 2009, NIOSH published Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) 61: A Strategy for Assigning New NIOSH Skin Notations, which provides an updated strategy for assigning skin notations. The strategic framework outlined within this document is a form of hazard identifica­tion that has been designed to:

  • Ensure that the assigned skin notations reflect the contemporary state of sci­entific knowledge
  • Provide transparency behind the assignment process
  • Communicate the hazards of chemical exposures of the skin
  • Meet the needs of health professionals, employers, and other interested par­ties in protecting workers from chemical contact with the skin

The new strategy for assigning the NIOSH skin notations relies on multiple skin notations to provide users a warning on the direct, systemic, and sensitizing effects of exposures of the skin to chemicals. Historically, skin notations have been published in the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. This practice will continue with the NIOSH skin notation assignments for each evaluated chemical being integrated as they become available. A support document called a Skin Notation Profile will be developed for each evaluated chemical. The Skin Notation Profile for a chemical will provide information supplemental to the skin notation, including a summary of all relevant data used to aid in determining the hazards associated with skin exposures .