Chapter 4. Organ Structure and Function: the Skin

  1. Kerry Gardiner BSc, PhD, Dip. Occup. Hyg., FFOH1,2 and
  2. J. Malcolm Harrington CBE, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP, FFOMI, MFPH, FMedSci3
  1. Iain S. Foulds

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755075.ch4

Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition

Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition

How to Cite

Foulds, I. S. (2005) Organ Structure and Function: the Skin, in Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition (eds K. Gardiner and J. M. Harrington), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470755075.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Occupational Health, the Medical School, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  2. 2

    International Occupational Health Ltd, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Emeritus Professor of Occupational Medicine, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405106214

Online ISBN: 9780470755075



  • epidermis;
  • sebaceous glands;
  • nerve supply;
  • skin;
  • epithelium


The prelims comprise:

  • Introduction

  • Epidermis

  • Dermis

  • Subcutaneous layer

  • Derivatives of the skin

  • Sebaceous glands

  • Sweat glands

  • Other structures in the skin

  • Blood and lymphatic vessels

  • Sweat

  • Defence mechanisms of the skin

  • The skin as a barrier

  • Irritant contact dermatitis

  • Immunology of the skin

  • Allergic contact dermatitis

  • Barrier creams

  • Skin cleansing

  • After-work creams

  • Conclusions