Occupational Dermatitis

What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. The term dermatitis is synonymous with eczema. The skin becomes red, itchy, and can be blistered. The skin beco...
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What is occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis is a skin disorder caused by coming into contact with certain substances in the workplace. It is therefore termed contact dermatit...
Fri, 2 Jun, 2017 at 10:14 AM
How are skin problems caused?
The outer layer of skin is called the epidermis. New cells are constantly being formed and migrate to the surface over a period of 1-2 months where they di...
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How many types of dermatitis are there?
There are 2 forms of contact dermatitis, irritant and allergic.
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What is contact irritant dermatitis?
In contact irritant dermatitis the substance that damages the skin is known as the irritant. A highly irritant substance is known as a corrosive. Irritant...
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What is allergic contact dermatitis?
In this case, the substance causes the worker to become sensitised or to develop an allergic reaction some time after initial contact. The type of allergic ...
Fri, 2 Jun, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Can a worker have both types of dermatitis together?
Both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis can occur together and it is not uncommon for an employee to be exposed to several irritants and sensitisers ...
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What are the types of substances which cause dermatitis?
Table 1 lists a number of well known substances and work activities which can cause occupational dermatitis. Substances which are skin irritants or sensitis...
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What is an employer required to do?
The employer must ensure a safe working environment where exposure to substances which can cause dermatitis is prevented or controlled. The employer shoul...
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How is a Risk Assessment carried out?
All employers are required to have a written Safety Statement which must be brought to the attention of all employees. It is a further requirement to impl...
Fri, 2 Jun, 2017 at 10:17 AM