Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. It starts with a dry, red, sore, and sometimes itchy skin. The outer layer of the skin will crack and become inflamed. Dermatitis can spread over the whole body; however, dermatitis is not contagious.
Examples of high‐risk activities or processes are:
- Concrete workers
- Brick layers
- Civil workers working in trenches
- Plant workers
- Carpenters and joiners
- Millwrights (rotary machinery)
- Commissioning and decommissioning workers
- Cleaners / waste collectors
Preventive and Protective Measures
The following preventive or protective measures should be taken:
- Protect the skin: avoid contact with irritants by wearing gloves and other protective clothing.
- During work, cover cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings.
- Use tools and equipment to handle substances.
- Keep the workplace and equipment free from contamination.
- Wash contaminated skin immediately use purpose‐designed skin cleansers to remove oil and grease.
- Protect skin from the sun.
Use a barrier cream (especially during the winter months).
- Respond to first symptoms. Once a chronic dermatitis has developed it is very difficult to cure.