Dermatitis and asthma
Some types of work are well known for workers suffering illnesses such as dermatitis and asthma caused by the liquids and chemicals used on a daily basis.
The food and catering industry, hairdressing, cleaning, hospitals, and car repair industry are well known for workers suffering skin conditions such as dermatitis. If you believe that you have suffered a skin condition or asthma caused by work then you may be able to make a dermatitis or asthma compensation claim.
Dermatitis is a skin condition caused by contact with a substance, such as a food or grease, that irritates the skin. Dermatitis starts as redness or dryness of the skin, and then if left untreated gradually becomes worse, and the skin cracks open and is extremely sore. It then becomes difficult to do every day tasks, such as having a shower, or carrying bags, because of pain and discomfort.
Different types of substances can cause dermatitis, such as shampoos, foods, oils, soaps, and rubber materials, however, even prolonged contact with water can result in skin irritation.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, as amended, places legal obligations on employers to carry out risk assessments for the purpose of avoiding employees suffering skin conditions caused by their work.
Occupational asthma is another serious health problem that can spoil the lives of employees both at work and at home. Asthma can be caused by breathing in vapours, fumes and dusts in the workplace. Like dermatitis, asthma may develop slowly over weeks or months, or the onset of breathing difficulties can develop quickly.
A useful indicator in deciding whether it is work that is causing breathing problems is that the asthma symptoms improve when you are away from work, for instance, on a holiday, and then the symptoms become more severe again once you are back at work.
If you believe that you are developing dermatitis or asthma it is important that you see your doctor as soon as possible because both dermatitis and asthma are likely to become worse unless they are treated. You should also inform your manager at work of the skin condition or breathing difficulties, even if your doctor has not yet diagnosed it as occupational dermatitis or asthma.
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, employers are under a legal duty to report to the Health and Safety Executive’s Incident Contact Centre if an employee develops occupational dermatitis or occupational asthma. More information is on the Health and Safety Executive’s website at www.hse.gov.uk
Making a claim
We can help you make a successful dermatitis or asthma compensation claim, our solicitors have many years experience in dealing with accident at work compensation claims.
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