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What is Occupational Dermatitis?

Occupational Dermatitis can be defined as an inflammation of the skin caused by the working environment or by skin contact with a damaging substance.

The symptoms and seriousness of the condition vary widely. Symptoms usually begin with redness and irritation, and occasionally, swelling. Blisters may follow and, if these break, the skin may become infected.

Contact with some substances can cause small areas of the skin to thicken, eventually forming rough wart-like growths which may become cancerous.

Any part of the body may be affected. Dermatitis is not contagious, but if untreated it may spread to other parts of the body. Correct treatment at an early stage is essential.

By taking the right preventative steps to minimise contact with damaging agents and adopting an appropriate skin safety regime, the risk of occupational dermatitis can be reduced.

By adopting an appropriate skin safety regime, the risk of occupational dermatitis can be reduced.