Contact dermatitis can develop when your skin comes into direct contact with an irritant or allergen substance, causing your skin to become dry, sore, itchy and infected.
If you’re exposed to causative agents at your job or partake in a lot of wet work, you may find that your dermatitis has developed because of your working conditions. Learn more about occupational contact dermatitis causes here and find out if you’re entitled to compensation for the skin condition.
Contact Dermatitis causes in your workplace
There are certain jobs that carry a higher risk of occupational contact dermatitis, including:
- Engineering and construction
- Hairdressing and beauty
- Cleaning and housekeeping
- Cooking and catering
But remember, dermatitis can affect workers in all sectors. The skin condition can develop by either regular contact with a weak causative agent or short term exposure to a much stronger irritant.
Is your employer to blame?
A business has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of its employees. Therefore, they are required to assess the risk of occupational dermatitis, identify any potential contact dermatitis causes and put the following safety measures in place if needed:
- Introduction of less hazardous products
- Monitoring of ventilation
- Protective clothing and gloves
- Adequate washing facilities
- Training and information
If your employer has not adhered to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and Personal Protective Equipment regulations, which has caused or worsened your occupational dermatitis, then they can be held responsible for your skin condition.
Specialist legal support
Roberts Jackson has a full understanding of regulations surrounding occupational dermatitis, so are highly capable of proving the liability of employers in dermatitis at work claims.
Our solicitors are also committed to making sure that you achieve the right level of financial support and have access to the medical treatment you need, ensuring that you can recover fully from the skin condition.
Read our occupational dermatitis claims guide for further information on the legal process. You can also call us on 0800 001 4496 to find out more about contact dermatitis causes at work and how you can pursue a compensation claim with us.