Dermatitis is inflammation or damage to the skin. Occupational Dermatitis is when it is caused as a result of your working environment, such as exposure to damaging or corrosive substances.
Occupational Dermatitis can be a serious condition and, like many industrial diseases, can worsen with time. The severity and symptoms of Occupational Dermatitis can vary widely. One of the first symptoms is irritation of the skin. Areas of the skin will become itchy and show signs of redness, occasionally with swelling. As the irritation becomes more severe, blisters may develop which could become infected if they burst. Depending on the substance, the skin can sometimes thicken, eventually forming growths which in serious cases can become cancerous.
The most common part of the body where Occupational Dermatitis is likely to develop is the lower arms and hands. This is the most likely part of your body to come in to contact with harmful substances, however, any part of the body can be affected. Dermatitis is not contagious but it will get worse with time and if left untreated it can spread to other parts of the body. To prevent long term problems developing, it is essential to take action as soon as possible.
It is compulsory for every business to have a risk assessment in place with recommendations for safe working. Your employer is required by law to take measures to prevent the exposure to certain harmful substances. When the exposure to such substances is unavoidable they must do everything they can to minimise the risks of injury. Your employers must provide a duty of care to all employees. This means that if you are in contact with certain harmful substances you must be provided with appropriate protective clothing such as an apron and gloves, information and training on how to handle and transport harmful substances and routine health and safety checks must be in place.
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