Take Action Today on Dermatitis....

Posted By Stephanie Hancox on 2017-08-23 14:37

DRY ITCHY SKIN? STARTING TO GO RED??...                                                                                                        If so you need to read this article. Red patches on your skin, which are starting to get itchy with dryness are 9 times out of 10 the first signs of dermatitis. According to the HSE; Contact dermatitis is the leading type of occupationally induced skin diseases.                                                                     

 

"Defined as inflammation of the skin resulting from exposure to detergents , toiletries , chemicals and even natural products..(can also be caused by )...Prolonged or frequent contact with WATER"

Did you know your hands are the most likely to be affected however can also effect the rest of your body.           Dermatitis is categorized into 2 categories .......

1) Irritant Contact Dermatitis....Caused by foreign substances which have tendencies to both damage the skin                                                                through reducing moisture, resulting in the skin drying out. Substances which                                                                often cause these reactions include but not limited to: Oils, Solvents,                                                                                Detergents and prolong exposure to water.                                                                2) Allergic Contact Dermatitis (AKA Sensitizes)...Occurs when an individuals skin becomes irritated to a                                                                                                         substance which they're frequently exposed to, and develops                                                                                             over time. Substances in which an allergic contact dermatitis                                                                                               can be caused from, includes; Chemicals found in cement                                                                                                   mixtures, along with chemicals found within a range of hair                                                                                                 products and epoxy rsins. However theses are not the only                                                                                                 substances which can cause allergic contact dermatitis. 

What are the signs?...

            Innitial Symptoms                                Secondary Symptoms

                       Dry, Itchy and Red skin                                                    Crusting, Flaking, Blistering, Cracking, swelling 

Are you at risk?...

Although Contact Dermatitis can occur in any industry, You or more likly to be at risk if working in one of the following industries....  - Beauty Industry                                -Healthcare                                                                                                                      - Printing                                               -Cleaning                                                                                                                           -Catering                                              -Construction                                                                                                                   -Metalworking                                     -Hairdressing

Are You Breaking the Law?...

"The law requires employers to prevent or, where that is not reasonably practicable, adequately control exposure to materials in the workplace that cause ill health like dermatitis. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) require employers to: - assess risks;                                                                                                         -provide adequate control measures – and ensure                                          the use and maintenance of these;                                                                   -provide information, instruction and training; and                                       - in appropriate cases, provide health surveillance. "

 

 

 

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 What should I do if I'm worried that myself or employee is at risk of Dermatitis?                   Here at Healthscreen, We offer a range of Health Surveilance's. One of  which being Dermotology screening. Give us a call today Whether it is to  book a health surveilance or to ask any question
 
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Refrences Used within this article:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg233.pdf
http://www.prudentlaw.ca/
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/448496/Skin-problems--Contact-dermatitis