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Work Contact Dermatitis in the UK

Work contact dermatitis in the UK is such a problem that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) dedicate a considerable number of pages on its web site to the APC (Avoid, Protect, Check) approach. Its recommendations for preventing work contact dermatitis injury apply to all industries, but special care should be taken if you are employed in catering, printing, hairdressing, dentistry, motor vehicle repair or construction.

Although the APC Approach is geared towards protecting employees from skin diseases such as work contact dermatitis and urticaria, much of their advice is aimed at advising employers about the health and safety practices they should adhere to, and is a good source of information for anybody considering whether they have a case for a work contact dermatitis claim. Of course, as each work contact dermatitis injury affects different people in different ways, their advice is no substitute for speaking with a solicitor.

Responsibility for Preventing UK Workplace Skin Injury

Employers need to consider every possible aspect of a task to ensure that the employee is not at risk of sustaining a workplace skin injury. Many substances which may cause a workplace skin injury are clearly labelled, but an employer´s risk assessment should also look at “natural” products — such as food or flowers — which can cause a work contact dermatitis injury, and one of the worst offenders is water!

By following the HSE’s APC Approach, employers should avoid exposing their employees to substances which may cause a work contact dermatitis injury and provide appropriate protection against such substances (even the overuse of latex gloves can lead to a work contact dermatitis injury). Where contact with “wet work” is unavoidable, employers should ensure that there is a rotation of duties in order that the employee is in contact with substances which may cause a work contact dermatitis injury as little as possible. Should your employer fail to follow the HSE´s advice, and you contract a work contact dermatitis injury as a result, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced work solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

The Process Before Making a Work Contact Dermatitis Claim

Determining that a work contact dermatitis injury has developed in the workplace can often be difficult. Conditions such as dermatitis usually develop over a long period of time and it is important that you regularly check your skin condition (the third element of the HSE’s “APC Approach”) and not just your hands. Signs of work contact dermatitis can manifest in different areas of the body.

At the first signs of a work contact dermatitis injury, get professional medical advice. An early diagnosis can prevent much more painful symptoms at a later date. Thereafter, report your doctor´s diagnosis to your employer and ensure a record is kept in his “Accident Report Book” and also speak with colleagues to see if they are suffering any adverse skin conditions from the work environment.

Thereafter, as work contact dermatitis can affect different people in different ways, and impinge on your ability to work in certain industries, it is advisable that you speak with a work injury solicitor as soon as possible to discuss making a work contact dermatitis claim.

Making a Work Contact Dermatitis Claim

Some employees may be apprehensive about making a work contact dermatitis claim because of potential repercussions with future employment prospects or because they do not wish to damage a good working relationship with their employer. Neither issue should arise if a work contact dermatitis claim is handled discretely and professionally.

Your work contact dermatitis claim could be affected by your employment status if you are on a short-term contract, self-employed or an agency worker, and how much compensation you receive can also be reduced if your employer successfully claims that you contributed to your work contact dermatitis injury by your own negligence.

Free Work Contact Dermatitis Claim Advice

Because of these potential issues, it is important that you seek professional legal advice as soon as you have been diagnosed with a work contact dermatitis injury, and to make it easier to gather knowledge, we have established a free work injury claim advice service. Our service enables you to speak with a solicitor in complete confidentiality and discuss your entitlement to make a work contact dermatitis claim. Our solicitor will provide you with impartial and helpful advice, which you are under no obligation to act upon, but which will help you make up your mind if you want to proceed with a work contact dermatitis claim.

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