Work related skin disease or dermatitis is the name given to several skin conditions brought about by numerous factors in a place of work. The most familiar of these is what is commonly known as eczema. Eczema causes an inflammation of the skin, with sufferers reporting a red, sore and itchy rash. Eczema is a common condition amongst children but in most cases has gone by the time the sufferer reaches adulthood. In cases where eczema develops later in life there is a strong possibility that the eczema is in fact work related skin disease. In other words, the eczema has directly been caused by conditions and substances at work. In these cases, an industrial disease claim may be possible.
Why not contact us at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors and learn more about how we can help you claim compensation for your skin condition.
There have been many cases where eczema and dermatitis have been instigated or worsened by factors in the workplace. There are many substances that can do this if the necessary protective equipment is not used when handling them. These include oil, petrol, diesel, plants, dyes and other chemicals. It can even be caused by a latex allergy instigated by latex gloves worn by health professionals. Even dust can trigger work related skin disease if someone is particularly sensitive to it. There are many occupations at risk from work related eczema including, factory workers, hairdressers, cleaners and engineers.
Employers are required to protect their employees under health and safety legislation. This includes the provision of gloves, overalls and other protective clothing. Unfortunately many employers still do not provide enough protection against dermatitis and eczema. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation for a work related skin disease claim. This insurance can provide compensation for people who through no fault of their own suffer from this difficult condition.
There are two main types of occupational dermatitis:
Irritant Contact Dermatitis
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Irritant Contact Dermatitis – this skin condition is caused by direct contact with an irritant. These are varied and could include oils, chemicals or glues. The condition is more likely to occur on a sufferers hands, simply due to the likeliness of contact point. However, it can occur on any part of the body.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis – this skin condition is encouraged by a natural sensitivity of the skin. It can be triggered by numerous workplace factors either contacted directly or in the air. For example, large amounts of dust or animal hair can instigate the dermatitis.
If you experience problems with eczema and dermatitis and are thinking of making a work related skin disease claim, it is worth a call to us at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors today for confidential advice on your situation. Claiming for occupational dermatitis can help finance you and your family whilst you are being treated for your condition. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation for sufferers who have contracted eczema and dermatitis.