Not all of the claims that are dealt with by the Southwark ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline actually involve accidents. Accident Advice Helpline can also help with claims for health conditions that arose at work because health risks were not adequately controlled by an employer. The Southwark ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers find that one of the more common claims can involve skin conditions. The nature of the work in care homes can mean that employees are frequently exposed to skin irritants such as soaps and cleaners.
Southwark ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers and claims for skin problems in care homes
Southwark ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers may need to help employees who frequently carry out ‘wet work’. Wet work involves having wet hands or hand washing. It has been shown that employees become at risk of developing skin problems if they wash their hands more than 20 times a day. If you think about the number of procedures that a care home employee may have to carry out in one day – all of which will involve washing their hands – then it is hardly surprising that this limit is easily reached.
However, it is not just water that causes the problem. Other hazardous agents include:
- Rubber chemicals (which may be present in natural rubber latex and synthetic rubber materials)
- Bleach and sterilisers (which often have to be used to prevent spread of infection)
Southwark ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers sometimes handle claims involving dermatitis. This is the most common form of work-related skin disease that is suffered by care home employees. It is basically an inflammatory condition of the skin and it results in irritation, redness, cracking and blistering. It can be very unpleasant and can cause extreme discomfort. Other care home employees suffer from urticaria. This is caused by contact with something that irritates the skin or causes an allergic reaction. Some people get it from latex protein which is present in in single-use latex gloves which are commonly used in care homes. Other employees may have a latex allergy and a more serious allergic reaction, such as anaphylaxis, is also possible.
There are control measures which can minimize the chances of these conditions developing. Avoiding direct contact between unprotected hands and substances, products and wet work is the obvious one – if this is sensible and practical. The skin should be protected whenever possible. Hands should be regularly checked for the first signs of itchy, dry or red skin and anyone who is affected should seek advice from their family doctor or occupational health service. It is often easier to help these conditions when they are in their early stages than when they are more established.
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