Dermatitis

Description

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:

  • Machinists
  • Concrete workers
  • Brick layers
  • Civil workers working in trenches
  • Plant workers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Millwrights (rotary machinery)
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Commissioning and decommissioning workers
  • Cleaners / waste collectors
  • Supervisors

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.

 

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