Occupational Dermatitis Compensation Claim
Have you been diagnosed with occupational dermatitis? Claims National is an industrial disease specialist who can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim.
What is Occupational Dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis (or industrial dermatitis) is an inflammation of the skin caused by contact with certain chemicals and substances in the workplace.
Who is at risk of Occupational Dermatitis?
People who work in the following industries are at risk of dermatitis;
- Cleaning and housekeeping
- Food preparation and catering
- Agriculture and fishing
- Engineering and construction
- Medical, dentistry and veterinary
- Printing and painting
What can cause Occupational Dermatitis?
Occupational Dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to a weak irritant, or a single exposure to a stronger irritant. Occupational Dermatitis can occur in anybody who is exposed to irritants for a sufficient duration of time. The following can cause irritation to the skin;
- Detergents and soaps
- Perfumes and preservatives in toiletries or cosmetics
- Solvents and abrasives
- Acids and alkalis
- Some plants (such as anemone, clematic, ranunculus, hellebrous and mustards)
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In occupations involving food and catering, there is a prolonged contact with water, soaps and detergents. Constantly having your hands in the sink, as is required in these types of profession, can lead to dermatitis. In fact, soaps and detergents are the cause of around 55% of dermatitis cases, which is over half of all dermatitis cases.
Another 40% of dermatitis cases is caused by food. Any occupations involving contact with food such as working in warehouses, factories and kitchens, involve a particularly high risk of developing industrial dermatitis. Fruits, vegetables, spices and meats are the leading culprits of causing dermatitis in the food industry, and therefore these products should come into contact with workers as occasionally as is possible, and with personal protective equipment such as gloves.
Contact with things such as coins, rubber/latex gloves, chemicals, and alcohol based hand sanitizers can also cause industrial dermatitis. Dermatitis due to the listed causes, are usually developed in occupations such as cleaners, nurses and doctors, factory and warehouse workers.
In order to help prevent industrial dermatitis, employers should be sure to explain to their employees the causes of dermatitis, how to minimize the risks of obtaining dermatitis, how to recognize the symptoms of dermatitis, and the importance of reporting any symptoms immediately.
What are the symptoms of Occupational Dermatitis?
If you are affected by Occupational Dermatitis, you will notice that areas of skin exposed to an irritant may become red, inflamed, blistered, dry, thick or cracked.
Other symptoms of dermatitis include:
- Dry, scaly or flaky skin
- Oozing or dry blisters
- Skin redness
- Skin that appears darkened or leathery
- Skin that burns
- Extreme itching
- Sun sensitivity
- Swelling, especially in the eyes, face or groin areas
- Cracking skin
- Open sores that form crusts
An example of an industrial dermatitis claim:
A hospital porter Mr Sheridan had to wash his hands on a regular basis due to the requirements of his work. A new hand cleaning product was introduced during his time as an employee, which resulted in him obtaining dermatitis. However, with the help of specialised and experienced solicitors, Mr Sheridan made a claim and received £3,440.48 in compensation.