Dermatitis is a skin condition caused by contact with something that irritates the skin or causes an allergic reaction. It is not infectious, and cannot be passed from one person to another.
Someone who has dermatitis may experience symptoms of itching, redness, blistering and pain. If it is spotted early and adequate precautions taken, most people will make a full recovery – but others can be affected for life.
In 2002, almost 40,000 people in the UK were suffering from a skin disease caused by their work. Most of these cases resulted from exposure of the skin to chemical agents. Your employer must make employees aware of any hazards in the workplace, and remove or reduce your risk of exposure.
If you are suffering from a skin condition and believe it may be directly related to your working conditions, please call us free on 0800 320 2121 for a friendly, informal and above all FREE conversation about how we might be able to help you with your claim.