According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), those who work in the cleaning profession have an increased risk of suffering the effects of dermatitis. Although it can harm any part of the body, this condition is largely associated with the hands, and may lead to sufferers experiencing cracked, blistered, or itchy skin – symptoms which can sometimes be very painful.
Fortunately, in many cases, employers can easily prevent their staff members from developing dermatitis. However, if they fail to take this condition seriously, those adversely affected may see their symptoms deteriorate to a level where they are unable to work or complete their day-to-day tasks.
Yet, if a staff member developed dermatitis due to a work-related activity – and a manager's negligence was responsible – he or she may be entitled to claim compensation through an experienced law firm, such as Seth Lovis & Co.
Dermatitis in the cleaning industry
If an individual is exposed to a particular substance, they might develop 'contact' dermatitis. These materials may be numerous, but in 2012 the HSE published data which suggested that those in the cleaning profession could routinely come into contact with these substances.
The HSE's research revealed a list of agents which were commonly associated with causing contact dermatitis between 2009 and 2011, these included:
- Bleaches and sterilisers;
- Rubber chemicals and materials;
- Soaps and cleaners; as well as
- Fragrances and cosmetics.
Moreover, tasks which involved "wet work" appeared to be one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis.
Wet work is a term which is traditionally used to describe certain types of jobs which routinely utilise liquids, such as cleaning surfaces, tasks which involve regular hand washing, or roles which expose employees to water for at least two hours each day.
As cleaners might regularly come into contact with water or use the materials mentioned above, they could be at a greater risk of developing contact dermatitis than other professions. Fortunately, employers may be able to prevent it from occurring by following the APC method.
This means that managers should ensure staff members avoid coming into contact with substances which can cause this condition, instruct them to protect their skin, and carry out routine checks to spot the first signs of dermatitis.
If a duty-holder failed to adequately prevent staff members from developing this condition, those adversely affected may be entitled to make a dermatitis compensation claim with the help of Seth Lovis & Co.
Compensation for dermatitis in cleaners
Dermatitis can sometimes be very painful, potentially preventing sufferers from working or completing their day-to-day tasks. However, if these people developed their conditions through non-fault work-related activities, they might be entitled to receive damages.
To find out if you could claim compensation for dermatitis in cleaners, please contact us on 0370 218 4025 or complete a no-obligation online enquiry form.