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Industrial dermatitis occurs when the skin is irritated by toxic substances, usually within the workplace. It is sometimes called eczema and is one of the most common skin complaints in the UK.
ICD happens when the skin is exposed to one or more harmful substances like acids or soaps. Skin cells become damaged and inflamed and painful skin results. The length of time you have been subjected to the harmful material and how strong that material is will determine how severe the dermatitis is. Certain soaps made to relieve the symptoms of ICD will help to improve the condition.
It is possible that a person can be allergic to a substance which they are in regular contact with at work. Symptoms are progressive, beginning with sometimes no indication of skin damage at all. This can often mean that contact with harmful toxins can go on for a prolonged period of time.
ACD is more difficult to control than ICD and once you have been in contact with the allergen, any more exposure to it in the future will produce an allergic reaction.
It has been proven that certain chemicals do cause diseases of the skin. These include rubbers, cutting oils, degreasing agents and tar. Depending on where you work, the risk of you acquiring dermatitis will go up or down.
The workplaces that are most at risk include:
If you have any of the following symptoms then it could be time to contact your GP to get a diagnosis. If left untreated, it is possible, particularly for ICD, that your condition becomes more long-lasting.
Your employer is duty bound to comply with the law on hazardous substances which could lead to dermatitis. They must take all necessary steps in reducing and preventing the risk where possible.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, employers must ensure the following is adhered to under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Jefferies Solicitors has an expert team of industrial injury lawyers who can assist with industrial dermatitis claims, along with other industrial disease claims, whenever you are ready. If you feel your employer has not carried out their duty of care in protecting you from industrial dermatitis, you could have a strong case for compensation.
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