What is occupational dermatitis
Occupational dermatitis is the inflammation of your skin which is caused by contact with certain hazardous substances or other elements of your working environment.
Dermatitis not contagious, so it can’t spread from one person to another.
Most often occupational dermatitis is only found on the hands, as your hands are the most exposed part of your body at work which is most likely to be in contact with substances triggering skin reactions.
Dermatitis can present itself in different ways. For example your skin may show:
- Redness and dryness
- Scaling and flaking
- Blistering, cracking or weeping
- Blotchiness of the skin
Dermatitis symptoms can vary depending on the contact period and substance.
Are you suffering from these symptoms as a result of your work? Then we can help you claim compensation.
Causes of occupational dermatitis
Certain substances are more likely to aggravate your skin than others. Dermatitis can develop by either regular contact with a weaker substance, or short-term exposure to a much stronger irritant.
Substances that can cause dermatitis are also known as causative agents. Examples of such causative agents are:
The list of substances and atmospheres that can result in dermatitis is much longer than this, as even repetitive and long-term exposure to water can cause the condition to develop.
Of course, if you work around a causative agent like one listed above every day then it’s hard to avoid coming into contact with it. However, your employer should provide you with adequate protection such as gloves so that you don’t develop or trigger dermatitis.
We understand that having any type of work-related dermatitis can be irritating, and can negatively affect your everyday life.
Jobs at risk of developing dermatitis
There are certain jobs that carry a higher risk of developing occupational contact dermatitis. If you’re in one of the following professions, you may have a higher chance of developing industrial dermatitis:
- Engineering and construction
- Hairdressing and beauty
- Cleaning and housekeeping
- Cooking and catering
- Nursing and healthcare
Work related dermatitis can affect employees in all sectors. You may be able to claim compensation for occupational dermatitis regardless of the industry you work in.
Your employer's responsibility
Your employer is legally obliged to protect your health and safety.
To protect you from occupational dermatitis they should provide you with proper protection such as gloves or long sleeved shirts where these are required.
Your employer should also be carrying out regular risk assessment and acting upon any risks present in the workplace. These assessments can help to protect you from any danger and prevent you from developing workplace conditions.
If your employer fails to carry out these essential assessments and you develop dermatitis as a result, we can help you claim compensation.
Expert work-related dermatitis solicitors
Starting your dermatitis claim
Do you think you suffer from work-related dermatitis?
We will help you establish the cause of your occupational dermatitis when we assess your eligibility to claim for compensation.
After our industrial disease solicitors have assessed your eligibility to claim we will put together a strong case on your behalf, helping you claim for the maximum compensation.
- What is occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis is the inflammation of skin caused by exposure to certain substances at work.
It’s not contagious, so it can’t spread from one person to another.
The symptoms and severity of dermatitis vary greatly, however, most people suffering from this condition will first notice redness and irritation of the skin, and it most commonly occurs on the hands.
If you’ve developed work-related dermatitis, our industrial disease solicitors want to help you.
- What are causes of dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis can be caused by regular contact with many different types of substances which we would generally regard as safe. However, as a result of working with these substances constantly and without the right protection, they can cause dermatitis.
Common examples of this are flour, citrus oils, cleaning products, cooking fumes, or even water. Having your hands wet for long periods of time on a daily basis can cause dermatitis.
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