Dermatitis at work
Dermatitis - or, more correctly Occupational Dermatitis - affects virtually all types of work. In catering, for example, contact with flour, sugar, fruit juices, onions and such, can harm the skin, and in cleaning, chemicals can damage the skin.
Dermatitis usually affects the hands and forearms. Sometimes the head and chest may be affected. If the skin comes in contact with dusts, liquids, and fumes then redness, itching, scaling and blistering may occur.
Employers must comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 to prevent employees from coming in contact with substances hazardous to health which cause dermatitis.
- HSE: Preventing dermatitis at work [PDF file] - advice for employers and employees
- HSE free leaflets - chemicals list of free leaflets relevant to the chemicals industry; advice for employers and employees
Last updated: 29 November 2019