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Skin Conditions (work-related dermatitis)

Dermatitis is a term used to describe many different skin conditions. It is more commonly known as eczema, and the two most common types of the condition are irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

A worker who comes into contact with dust, chemicals or enzymes at work without the proper protective clothing may go on to develop dermatitis on exposed areas such as the face and hands. Common causes of dermatitis include bleaches, caustic agents, cleaning products, coolants, detergents, oils, dyes, plants and fungi, as well as frequent contact with water.

Some of the professions thought to be most at risk of contracting work-related dermatitis include kitchen workers, hospital staff, manufacturing or factory workers, hairdressers, cleaners, printers and engineers.