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Occupational Dermatitis Claims

Suffering from rashes or itchy, red skin?  Have you been exposed to something at work that is responsible for causing the skin condition?  If yes, then it is highly likely that you are suffering from occupational dermatitis.

Dermatitis is basically inflammation of the skin and it can occur when a person’s skin has been exposed to a substance that irritates the skin.  There are two main types of dermatitis and these include contact irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

There are many substances which when comes into contact with the skin can cause or aggravate dermatitis.   Some of the common substances include:

  • Organic solvents
  • Cleaning products
  • Glues
  • Dyes
  • Flour
  • Rubber
  • Latex
  • Cement
  • Metalworking fluids
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Bleaches
  • Alcohol based sanitisers

There are many industries where workers are at a risk of contracting occupational dermatitis.  Some of these industries include agriculture, motor vehicle repair, building, construction, hair dressing, rubber manufacturing, horticulture, printing and cleaning.

To protect workers from contracting occupational dermatitis, it is essential that employers undertake the following:

  • Replace dangerous chemicals and substances with harmless alternatives
  • Eliminate the need to manually handle dangerous substances and chemicals
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment to workers
  • Provide proper training on how to prevent exposure and how to protect the skin after being exposed to chemicals and harmful substances
  • Carrying out regular skin assessments

Symptoms of Occupational Dermatitis

The forearms and the hands are the most common sites of occupational dermatitis as these areas of the body are more likely to be exposed to chemicals and harmful substances.  The neck and the face are also commonly affected because these areas are usually uncovered when a person is at work.

The most common sign of dermatitis is rashes on the affected area.  The sufferer may also experience irritation, itching, soreness and dryness.  Depending on the type of dermatitis the sufferer has contracted, the symptoms can be more widespread.

Making A Claim

If you have been affected by occupational dermatitis, contact us today for a free assessment of your case.  However, you must remember that as with any type of injury claim, it is essential to provide medical evidence and prove that you developed the skin condition as a result of someone’s negligence.

For free legal advice, call our solicitors today on our free phone number.  You can also request a call back by completing our online claim form.

Remember, if you have a viable claim, you have to pay us nothing to handle your claim.

 

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