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The Issues

Occupational Dermatitis & Employee Wellbeing

From vehicle maintenance & repair workshops, body & paint shops through to fast fit centres and vehicle breakdown services, employees in an automotive environment are exposed to a wide variety of soilings, potential irritants, temperature swings and, at times, exposed working conditions. This can lead to visible skin problems ranging from red, sore, chapped skin through to serious instances of occupational dermatitis.

The cost of these problems in the automotive environment can be significant and is widely accepted to be severely under reported. Not only are there personal costs for the employee, but there are also other costs to a business:

  • Sickness absence from work
  • Lost or reduced productivity
  • Compensation
  • Retraining
  • Poor staff morale
  • Fines and financial penalties
  • Negative publicity