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Occupational Dermatitis. What is is? What causes it? Controlling the risk Recap. What is it?. Occupational dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin causing itching, pain, redness, swelling and small blisters. What is it?. The outer layer of skin acts a barrier against toxic substances.

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Occupational Dermatitis

  • What is is?

  • What causes it?

  • Controlling the risk

  • Recap

Jane Hallett 2002


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What is it?

Occupational dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin causing itching, pain, redness, swelling and small blisters.

Jane Hallett 2002


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What is it?

The outer layer of skin acts a barrier against toxic substances.

If these substances remove fats and oils from this layer, the substances penetrate deeper and combines with natural proteins to produce an allergic reaction.

Jane Hallett 2002


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Irritant Contact

90% of all dermatitis is caused by direct contact with a substance

It may occur randomly

Allergic Contact

Once sensitised, the problem is life long and any exposure to the substance will result in an attack.

What is it?

Jane Hallett 2002


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Irritant Contact

Allergic Contact

Dermatitis

Jane Hallett 2002


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Irritants

Detergents

Solvents

Engine oils

Cutting fluid

Lubricants

Fibreglass

Allergens

Salts

Nickel

Epoxy

Resins

Dyes

Rubber

What causes it?

Jane Hallett 2002



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Employer

Use safer substances

Provide information

Provide training

Supply PPE

Comply with the law

Employee

Be aware of dermatitis

Take care with substances

Use PPE

Maintain PPE

Report symptoms

Controlling the Risk

Jane Hallett 2002


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Recap

  • Caused by contact with substances

  • Symptoms can occur randomly

  • Itching, pain, swelling, blisters

  • Be aware of the problem

  • Use PPE & controls

  • Report any symptoms

Jane Hallett 2002


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