What is occupational dermatitis?
Dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin. This can develop at work when an employee comes into contact with specific workplace substances, leading to irritation and even an allergic reaction.
How is the skin condition caused?
The skin condition is often caused by certain workplace substances; the list of allergens that can lead to dermatitis is lengthy and ever-growing. It is important to remember that while a certain substance or chemical may lead to occupational dermatitis in one person, it can then have no impact on another individual.
What are the symptoms of occupational dermatitis?
Common symptoms of occupational dermatitis include cracked skin, redness and skin lesions, while skin can also become thickened, dry and inflamed. These can differ from person-to-person, so you can suffer from the skin condition without having all the common symptoms.
For further information on the warning signs to look out for, read our occupational dermatitis symptoms guide.
Who is responsible for your occupational dermatitis?
Your employer has a legal duty to protect your health and safety, so should have policies and procedures that reduce the risk of you suffering from occupational dermatitis. These can include personal protective equipment as well as the use of emollients and less irritating products.
If you have dermatitis and your employer has failed to meet their legal responsibility, they can be held responsible for the skin condition and the impact it has had on your life.
What are my employee rights on occupational skin allergies?
Employees across all sectors are entitled to work in environments where occupational hazards are properly controlled, regardless of the type of tasks they perform.
Your employer should be carrying out regular risk assessment and acting upon any risks present in the workplace. This can help to protect you from any danger and subsequently prevent you from developing workplace conditions such as occupational dermatitis.
Am I entitled to claim compensation for my occupational dermatitis?
If your employer has not lived up to their legal obligation, which has caused your dermatitis to develop or worsen, you may be entitled to claim compensation for any pain and suffering, financial setbacks and medical treatment related to the skin condition.
Is it difficult to prove that dermatitis has been caused by work?
Getting legal help and support from a reputable legal firm like Roberts Jackson can make sure that pursuing a claim for compensation against your employer remains simple and straightforward.
Our solicitors will be able to manage the process from start to finish, putting together a strong case that proves your employer is entirely to blame, while conducting any negotiations needed to achieve you the best possible outcome.
If you have any further questions or would like to know more about our claims process, please feel free to contact us on 0800 001 4496. Alternatively, you can submit the claims enquiry form on your right and we will be in touch shortly.