Preventing Occupational Contact Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is a skin disease which is relatively easy to prevent and yet was the cause of 1 million lost working days in the UK last year. The disease, which is caused when the skin comes into contact with irritants or allergens is extremely uncomfortable and can lead to the swelling, reddening and blistering of the skin. Unfortunately, the fact that dermatitis is so prevalent reveals the negligence of many employers who fail to follow simple health and safety procedures which would prevent it.

Employers have a legal duty of care to prevent their workers coming to physical or psychological harm which is backed up by a series of laws designed to protect workers from injury such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If employers fail to discharge their duty of care and their employees contract dermatitis as a result, they leave themselves exposed to compensation claims.

Employers have a series of legal obligations to assess the risks present in the workplace, establish effective protocols for guarding against such risks and equipping all staff with the necessary protection to help avoid problems such as dermatitis. Doing these things once is not enough. These processes must b reassessed regularly in order to make sure that procedures are current. Sticking to the following three-pronged strategy is crucial to efforts to avoid occupational contact dermatitis:

1. Train all staff in how to avoid dermatitis: employees need to now the dangers of certain substances, the steps that can be taken to reduce risks and how to use equipment designed to guard against dermatitis. Employers should also inform workers about how to check themselves for signs of dermatitis so that both the employee and employer can take immediate action to prevent the disease

2. Encourage protection of the skin: distribute all necessary skincare information, gloves or protective creams needed to avoid dermatitis. Advice should also be given on how to correctly wash hands

3. Change procedures to avoid direct contact: by using methods which rule out the need for employees to make direct physical contact with irritants or allergens, employers can greatly reduce the risk of staff suffering from dermatitis

If employers wish to avoid their workers contracting occupational contact dermatitis and exposure to compensation claims, they need only do two very simple things:

1. Use their common sense

2. Respect all health and safety regulations and their legal duty of care

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