Occupational skin disease is a common health problem. Repeat skin irritation or skin sensitisation can lead to dermatitis. If signs of dermatitis are detected early and the affected employee reduces work exposure to the substances responsible, the disease may be reduced or cured. However, dermatitis can be irreversible if left untreated. If skin becomes sensitised, even a small amount of exposure can trigger a severe reaction.
Substances that may cause skin damage:
- Epoxy resins
- Rubber chemicals
- Soaps and cleaners
- Metalworking fluids
- Wet work
- Corrosive/irritating chemicals