A Guide to Occupational Dermatitis Compensation Claims

Occupational dermatitis is a common industrial disease in the UK. It is caused by exposure to a number of substances such as chemical, dusts and glues. Prolonged contact can cause skin-related problems such as inflammation and irritation due to your work activity. 


What precautionary measures employers must take to prevent the risk of occupational dermatitis? 

Your employer has a duty of care to its workers and is required to take precautions to reduce the likelihood of its employees developing a skin disease. Your employer should determine whether an alternative or a safer substance could be used before asking you to work with a product or exposing you to working with a new product. If this is not practicable, they should take precautions to limit the amount of contact you have with the chemical.


Employers should take the following safety precautions to reduce the risk of employees developing occupational dermatitis: 

  • Conduct a thorough analysis at work to determine any relevant risk factors for occupational dermatitis
  • Workers should get the appropriate training for the use of hazardous chemicals 
  • Provide workers with the appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, gauntlets, barrier creams, etc., to reduce direct contact with toxic materials 
  • Provide enough washing facilities in the workplace
  • Substitute substances that don’t pose a risk should be used where possible

Common causes that lead to occupational dermatitis 

Dermatitis at work can have a variety of causes. A personal is more likely to develop skin conditions if they work with wet hands and are exposed to cleaning products like soap and detergents, as well as dyes, paints, bleaches, acids, alkalis, oils and greases, organic solvents etc.

Workers who handle substances like rubber, latex, cement, petroleum, nickel, flour etc. are also at risk. There are but a few of the numerous materials and products that might harm the skin and cause problems. 

Additionally, prolonged, and persistent exposure to contaminated surfaces might result in dermatitis. Dermatitis can occasionally be brought on by airborne substances that settle on the skin. It can sometimes also happen as a result of abrasion, radiation, or vibration. 

What are the symptoms of occupational dermatitis? 

Some of the most common symptoms of occupational dermatitis are: 

  • Itching 
  • Redness
  • Change or loss of skin colour
  • Blotchiness 
  • Cracking of the skin 
Depending on the amount of time and exposure to the hazardous materials, the symptoms and the severity of these symptoms may vary from person to person. The symptoms you may suffer with could impact your life, from completing everyday tasks and even prevent you from working until they reside.

Can I claim occupational dermatitis compensation? 

Before taking on an occupational dermatitis compensation claim, Solicitors will typically check to see if: 
  • Your employer breached their duty of care
  • It has been determined that you have occupational dermatitis 
  • Your employer’s negligence is directly linked to your suffering
All of these things can be challenging, and it’s important to have an experienced industrial disease Solicitor on your side to ensure you are properly compensated for your pain and suffering. 

How to prove your dermatitis was caused at work

Your employer’s insurance company will likely handle the processing of your claim if it related to illness or a condition you sustained at work. This means that you won’t receive compensation unless there is adequate evidence to prove the insurer of the severity of your dermatitis and your employer’s negligence. 
The following evidence could be useful when making a claim: 
  • Photographic evidence: Taking pictures of your dermatitis is a good idea and can help to support any medical records. Additionally, you might take pictures or videos of your working environment.
  • Medical reports: Typically, industrial dermatitis claims won’t proceed unless your doctor or another medical practitioner has diagnosed the condition. 
  • Witnesses: Witnesses could be a crucial part of your evidence in supporting your claim. Statements could be asked of your colleagued by your solicitor to explain how the working conditions have resulted in your contraction of the skin condition. 
  • Employer documentation: It’s crucial that you keep records of any documentation from your employer, whether that’s emails or letters. These will be imperative subsequent steps in your compensation claim.  

How long do I have to make a dermatitis compensation claim?

If you want to make a claim for occupational dermatitis, you must complete the process within 3 years of your initial suffering with the condition. This date must be the date upon which the court would determine you should have known you had the condition, and that it was related to your work. 
Industrial disease claims are usually settled out of court as most employers agree to pay compensation when they are approached by our expert industrial disease lawyers. However, if they fail to admit their mistakes then we may have to issue court proceedings. We will try to settle the case and secure your deserved compensation as soon as possible. 

Why choose OH Parsons for your dermatitis compensation claim? 

At OH Parsons, we can assist in making a dermatitis claim, and have a fantastic track records of winning industrial disease claims. Making an industrial disease claim is not always easy, but our expert solicitors will be there to assist you throughout the entire process. We have been actively engaged in fighting such cases for decades and helping our clients attain rightful compensation for injuries and losses. 



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