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Industrial Dermatitis Claims

Dermatitis which means inflammation of the skin can be used to describe a variety of skin conditions.  It is commonly known as eczema and the two main types include irritant contact and allergic contact dermatitis.

Dermatitis is a childhood condition and mostly vanishes by adulthood.  However, the person who has this condition may have to deal with it for the rest of his life in certain cases.  Dermatitis can also be developed at a later stage in life.

If you have developed dermatitis or if your condition has worsened, it is likely that it is because of your working conditions.  In such cases, it may be possible for you to make an industrial dermatitis claim.

Types of Dermatitis

Irritant Contact Dermatitis – occurs when the skin is exposed to harmful substances such as soaps and acids.  Upon exposure, the skin cells become inflamed.  The severity of the condition usually depends on the how strong the material was and the length of the exposure.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis – a person who is allergic to a particular substance may develop the condition if he is exposed to it on a regular basis. The symptoms can be progressive.  ACD is quite difficult to control because after you have been in contact with the substance, any more exposure can produce an allergic reaction.

There are a number of causes of occupational dermatitis.  Some of the examples of substances which can cause this skin condition include:

  • Cement
  • Flour
  • Glues
  • Inks
  • Paints
  • Bleaches
  • Latex
  • Rubber
  • Dyes

Common Causes Of Industrial Dermatitis

Dermatitis can be caused by coming into contact with skin sensitisers or skin irritants.  Dermatitis is a common workplace problem which means inflammation of the skin.  There are many symptoms of industrial dermatitis.  Some of the main ones include itchy skin and red skin.  When the condition worsens over a period of time, the skin can become cracked, flaky and blistered.  This condition can be extremely painful and irritating.

Contact dermatitis can be grouped into three main types.  These include allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and contact urticara. If you have developed dermatitis at your workplace, you may be entitled to make an industrial dermatitis claim.

In most cases, industrial dermatitis is contact based.  This means that the skin has come into contact with an irritant directly.  This type of dermatitis affects the hands mostly.  People who are at a greater risk include those who have some type of eczema, hayfever or asthma.

Sometimes, when a person is exposed to an irritant on a regular basis, his immune system reacts to the irritant and becomes sensitive to it.  This then causes a sudden skin reaction.  Over a period of time, when the person becomes overly sensitive, he becomes sensitised to that particular substance which can be permanent.

Occupations where people are at a greater risk of developing industrial dermatitis include hairdressing, cleaning, factory workers, farm workers, health care workers, print workers, construction workers, mechanics and roofers.

There are numerous causes of industrial dermatitis.  There are many substances and irritants which can inflame the skin.  If employees in the high risk industries are not properly protected, they can develop industrial dermatitis.

Substances that are known to cause industrial dermatitis include the following:

  • detergents
  • cosmetics
  • cement dust
  • heating and cooling oil
  • lubricants
  • cleaning products
  • toiletries
  • adhesives
  • cutting oils
  • fiberglass
  • resins
  • solvesnts
  • nickel
  • latex

Making A Claim

Employers owe a duty of care to their staff and it is their duty to protect the health and safety of their staff during the course of their employment.

If your skin condition was caused at work and if your employer has failed to take precautions to control harmful substances at your place of work, you may be able to an industrial dermatitis claim.

If you think you may have a case, feel free to discuss it with an expert solicitor who operate using a genuine no win no fee service.

To get in touch with a solicitor, call free on 0800 678 1410 or fill in the quick claim form below to request a call back.