What is industrial dermatitis?

Industrial or occupational dermatitis refers to a range of skin conditions (e.g. eczema) which are either caused or heightened due to being exposed to certain chemicals, materials or substances in the workplace. The two primary groups of work-related dermatitis consist of:

Irritant contact dermatitis

This occurs when someone exposes their skin for a prolonged period of time to an irritant such as:

●    detergents
●    perfume and cosmetics
●    disinfectants
●    oils used in machines
●    cement
●    solvents

Allergic contact dermatitis

This occurs in people who have an allergic reaction to a substance such as:

●    rubber and latex
●    strong glues and adhesives such as epoxy resin
●    preservatives
●    some metals such as nickel or cobalt
●    topical medicines
●    certain plants

Which workers are most at risk of industrial dermatitis?

Although occupational dermatitis can affect a whole range of employees, it is most common in the following professions:

●    agricultural workers
●    beauticians and hairdressers
●    chemical workers
●    cleaners
●    construction workers
●    cooks and caterers
●    food processing
●    metal and electronics workers
●    health and social care workers
●    machine operators
●    mechanics and vehicle assemblers

Dermatitis is one of the major causes of ill health in the workplace, with an estimated 84,000 workers affected. It accounts for 13% of cases of occupational diseases reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and around 10% of those affected work in the food and catering industries.

Industrial dermatitis claims

If you have been affected by dermatitis which you think has been caused or exacerbated by your job, make sure that you speak to a specialist industrial disease lawyer to find out about any potential compensation that you may be entitled to. The expert team at CH Legal can help you understand where you stand and discuss your best options. For more information get in touch with Julie Smith or call 0845 4786 354.