Skin Checks – Dermatology

Occupational Dermatitis

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and COSHH 1999, employers have a duty to provide health surveillance for employees who are likely to be exposed to substances hazardous to health.

Health surveillance should be carried out when employees are exposed to skin sensitisers and irritants.

The purpose of the health surveillance is to protect the health of the employees by detecting any skin problems in the early stages.

Once a skin condition has progressed to a moderate or severe stage, i.e. contact dermatitis, it may be very difficult to treat an individual and permanent skin damage could have been done.

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. It affects about one in five people at some time in their lives.

Occupational Dermatitis is normally contact dermatitis. It could be itchy, painful, inflamed, cause cracking of the skin or bleeding. It is quite a common condition and can result in much suffering.

It is caused by an allergy or irritation as a result of contact with a substance found in the workplace.

People who develop skin conditions should be seen by an Occupational Health Professional to determine if it is work related.

Allergic contact dermatitis should be confirmed by patch test and treated with anti inflammatory drugs and with ointments and skin cleansers.

If we are visiting your site to complete Skin Checks, why not combine them with any other Health Surveillance or Occupational Health requirements.