Occupational skin care is regarded as a consulting-intensive segment of personal protective equipment (PPE). Even the most effective products are useless if they are used incorrectly. Using the example of UV protection at the A+A, the skin care specialists of Peter Greven Physioderm (PGP) will demonstrate how important the correct use of skin care products actually is. PGP does not only offer its customers the industry’s most comprehensive UV protection program, but is also represented throughout Germany and Europe by a dense network of specialist consultants. An important part of this service package is the digital component. In this area, the company has developed an online tool by the help of which hand care plans can be created easily and quickly at www.handcareplan.com. In Düsseldorf, the experts will present this unique solution.
Sustainability is another important topic at the booth. PGP is continuing its efforts in this area: More than 90 percent of the ingredients used come from renewable sources now. Awards for cleansing products such as the Blue Angel label and the EU Ecolabel show that the company is on the right track with its sustainability efforts. Last but not least, PGP will also be presenting the innovative surfactant combination OptiTens at the A+A, with which the company based in Euskirchen is proving that it is rightly regarded as the industry’s innovation leader. At the international trade fair, Germany’s number 1 skin care specialist will be represented in the new hall 1 for the first time.
Demonstrative Skin Care and Close-Meshed Service Network
One of the biggest challenges in occupational skin care is that employees do not use the products or use them incorrectly. Using the example of UV protection, PGP makes this problem tangible and understandable. Thus, visitors to the PGP booth can apply sunscreen in front of a UV camera – and immediately see which areas of the skin they have forgotten. “If employees don’t use the right amount of sunscreen or don’t apply it properly, even the highest sun protection factor won’t help,” International Marketing Manager Stephanie Reichenberger explains. Since white skin cancer and its preliminary stages were included in the list of occupational diseases in Germany in 2015, UV protection has been a huge topic in companies. PGP has the industry’s most comprehensive UV protection programme and offers special products for various occupational groups. However, as occupational skin care consists of more than just providing products, the experts advise their customers and provide strategies on how to motivate employees and reduce inhibitions – for example with trainings, online tutorials or other means such as posters and information cards.
“We are firmly convinced that personal contact and professional advice are essential for a successful skin care system,” says Reichenberger.
The PGP experts are also on hand to advise and assist those responsible for skin care in companies with other questions, such as the creation of professional skin care concepts. PGP’s skin care consultants support companies in all industries with holistic, systematic and continuous advice on skin care issues. In contrast to many other market players, the company maintains a Europe-wide network of distributors and skin care consultants, some of whom have served companies for many years and have thus built up an intensive and trustful relationship with their customers. “We attach great value to continuity, because skin care is a matter of trust,” says International Marketing Manager Stephanie Reichenberger.
New Online Tool: Creation of Hand Care Plans with Just a Few Clicks
In times of digitalization, PGP is also expanding its online service. The company has recently developed a new tool at www.handcareplan.com that allows hand care plans to be created in a quick and easy way. The preparation of a hand care plan used to be a time-consuming and coordination-intensive process. Thanks to PGP’s hand care plan configurator, one can now generate it oneself on the internet with just a few clicks. The tool is based on a database that is always up to date. It is aimed primarily at those responsible for skin care in companies, occupational physicians and safety engineers, and offers users many advantages. The tool is versatile, intuitive to use, adaptable to individual requirements and always up-to-date. Since not only PGP products, but skin care products from other manufacturers can be added as well, the focus is always on solving problems for users. The tool does a lot of work for those responsible in companies. If, however, questions concerning the right skin care arise during the configuration, the PGP experts are happy to provide targeted and detailed advice.
A special feature that is very important for many companies is automatic translation: if existing text modules are not changed, the system can translate them into 14 foreign languages – for example into English, French, Turkish, Polish or Russian. This allows non-native speakers of German to read and correctly use the hand care plan, preventing misuse. The combination of all these advantages makes PGP’s hand care plan configurator a new and as yet unknown solution on the market. It increases the chances that employees do everything right when it comes to skin care and hand hygiene and thus reduces the risk of occupational skin diseases.
More Than 90 Percent of the Ingredients Come From Renewable Sources
Another topic at the booth is sustainability, which has been part of the company’s strategy for years. More than 90 percent of the ingredients used come from renewable sources now. “We are convinced that in occupational skin care, the future belongs only to skin-friendly and sustainably produced products,” says Stephanie Reichenberger. For years, PGP has relied on sustainable sources of raw materials and increasingly uses ingredients based on RSPO-certified palm kernel oil, for example. Accordingly, the company has received an RSPO Supply Chain Certificate. This proves that PGP supports the transfer of RSPO-certified palm oil products within the supply chain.
For PGP, the use of RSPO-certified palm oil products is a further step in the company’s efforts to develop environmentally-friendly and skin-friendly products. “Consumers want products that are as gentle to their skin and the environment as possible,” knows Stephanie Reichenberger. The company has been taking this development into account for years. Among other things, the liquid cleanser Ecosan was the first skin cleanser ever to be awarded the renowned Blue Angel label. In addition, three products have already been awarded the coveted EU Ecolabel. The so-called Euroflower is a European reference for consumers who want to promote sustainable production and environmentally friendly products.
OptiTens – Efficient and Skin-Friendly at the Same Time
Last but not least, PGP is presenting a new generation of skin cleansers at the A+A with a surfactant mixture that is very effective and at the same time skin-friendly – properties that could not be combined previously. With the surfactant combination under the brand name OptiTens, PGP, together with the University of Osnabrück, has found a patent-pending solution that serves as the basis for innovative skin cleansing. The products are a foam cleaner and a cleansing gel for light to medium dirt.
With the new skin cleansers, PGP once again demonstrates that there is a reason why the company is regarded to be the industry’s innovation leader, working together with its scientific cooperation partners to develop solutions that offer significant improvements to users.