If you suffer from a skin condition, you’ll know it can not only be irritating and uncomfortable, it can also affect your confidence and quality of life. Skin conditions such as work-related dermatitis can develop when you come into contact with toxic substances, chemicals, enzymes or even dust at work. This could make existing eczema or dermatitis worse, or even cause dermatitis. If you work in one of the below professions, you are thought to be most at risk:
- Factory/manufacturing workers
- Kitchen workers
- Hospital staff
Dermatitis could be caused by contact with dyes, oils or coolants or even frequent contact with water (for example constantly wet, cold hands). It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) and minimise any safety risks at work.
Two types of dermatitis
There are two different types of dermatitis:
- Allergic contact dermatitis or eczema is when your skin is very sensitive – it becomes red, itchy and inflamed when in contact with allergens such as animal hair, enzymes or dust. Irritation can cause scratching which breaks the skin and can lead to bacterial infections.
- Irritant contact dermatitis is most commonly found on the hands after coming into direct contact with irritants such as bleach, chemicals or glue.
There is no cure for dermatitis, but treatment can help to ease symptoms. Your doctor can prescribe steroid cream and there are changes you can make to your lifestyle to minimise symptoms:
- Take showers instead of baths
- Avoid perfumed soaps and cosmetic products
- Pat your skin dry, don’t rub
If you have developed dermatitis due to your working conditions, you may be able to claim for compensation.Open Claim Calculator
Claiming for compensation
If you work with hazardous substances, it is your employer’s duty to keep you safe. They should first assess whether a less harmful alternative could be used. If this is not possible, then personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, overalls and extractors should be provided to minimise your contact with harmful substances. If you develop occupational dermatitis, you should always see your GP for treatment as soon as possible.
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