Irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and contact urticaria (wheals and redness on the skin) can all be caused by your occupation. Those likely to be affected include:
- Cleaners using detergents and solvents
- Construction workers exposed to cement, solvents, wood dust and resins
- Healthcare workers using latex gloves
- Hairdressers using dyes, bleach and latex gloves
- Mechanics exposed to solvents, diesel and grease
- Printers using inks and solvents
- Agricultural workers using pesticides
Employers have a duty to assess the risk of injury from exposure to these substances and, if they can’t avoid the need to use them, they must control the risk of exposure by, for example, providing suitable personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, overalls and the like. In some cases they should also monitor the health of their employees at regular intervals to make sure that they are not being exposed to unsafe amounts of substances which might cause skin diseases or even cancer.
We have successfully recovered compensation for clients suffering from dermatitis caused by their work and our lawyers can help you get the compensation you need to get on with your life.