These irritants include acids, alkalis, electrolyte solutions and wet soils. Protecta Plus is highly water repellent, even after long periods of contact with water. This novel formulation is similar to those used for water-resistant sunscreens, but provides greatly enhanced water resistance. It also provides temporary protection to minor cuts, scrapes and burns. The regular use of Protecta Plus will provide enhanced long term protection against industrial dermatitis.