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Occupational Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is a skin condition that is caused by exposure to irritating substances in the workplace. Dermatitis is not contagious however it requires treatment in order to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.

The disorder can be avoided if an employer provides protective equipment such as latex gloves however if these are not provided and dermatitis is contracted an employer must take full responsibility.

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a condition where the skin can turn red and blister. Any area of the body can be affected by dermatitis however 75% of reported cases of the condition affect the hands.

Occupational dermatitis can occur in a number of industries however it is most common in food processing workplaces, specifically catering roles.

To prevent staff members from contracting dermatitis employers should provide protective clothing and equipment such as gloves, which will protect the hands from exposure to irritating substances.

If you believe that your dermatitis is as a result of employer negligence you will be able to make a compensation claim.

What causes Dermatitis?

Dermatitis can be contracted for a number of reasons however the most common reason because of exposure to irritating substances.

Chemicals that can cause dermatitis include:

    • Acids/alkali
    • Oxidising agents
    • Detergents and water based chemicals
    • Solvents
    • Mineral oils
    • Soap
    • Bleach

The skin disorder is not contagious however treatment is necessary in order to prevent the symptoms from spreading to other parts of the body.

How to make an Occupational Dermatitis Claim

Suffering from a skin condition like dermatitis can affect your confidence at work, if you have contracted dermatitis as a result of employer negligence you will be able to make a compensation claim.

To make a Occupational Dermatitis Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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