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There are two types of dermatitis and these are atopic and contact. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a skin condition which is caused by a problem from within the body, whereas contact dermatitis is caused by irritants outside the body, such as soap or bleach.

Dermatitis can be suffered by workers in all different trades, and as long as they have not developed the condition, or made it worse, through their own negligent actions, they may be entitled to claim compensation from their employer.

Preventing dermatitis

Individuals who are working with substances which can irritate the skin should be provided with personal protective clothing.

In some jobs, a simple pair of gloves will suffice, but in others greater protection may be required.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) lists healthcare workers, hairdressers, beauticians, printers, cleaners, catering staff, and construction workers, as some of those most at-risk of developing a skin condition, however, contact or atopic dermatitis can present itself, or be aggravated, by substances in a wide variety of other careers.

Irritants range from corrosive acids, to water. Although strong acids can cause harm on first contact when water will not, long periods of exposure to water in the workplace can lead to skin becoming dry and cracked.

For HSE examples of irritants and which jobs they may be found in, please click here.

There are three simple ways in which the HSE states employers can help prevent workers from suffering skin irritation and potentially claiming compensation for dermatitis. They should:


Perform regular checks on employees to make sure that no one is developing signs of suffering from dermatitis – early detection and treatment can stop the condition becoming worse.

  • Help workers avoid contact with materials which could cause skin problems – this can be achieved by providing protective clothing and suitable equipment for the tasks they are required to undertake in the workplace;
  • Educate workers regarding protecting their skin – for example, properly washing and drying their hands after using a potential irritant, as well as using certain hand creams, should help; and
  • Perform regular checks on employees to make sure that no one is developing signs of suffering from dermatitis – early detection and treatment can stop the condition becoming worse.

Claiming compensation for dermatitis

If you have developed a skin condition or have experienced a flare up of eczema due to employer negligence towards health and safety, then Seth Lovis & Co. could assist you in making a claim.

In comparison to some other work injuries, skin irritation might not seem serious enough to take legal action over. However, severe dermatitis can cause cracked and painful skin, and may even become infected – resulting in time off work and potentially even medical bills.

Claiming compensation for dermatitis may seem daunting, but you are within your right to do so if you are not at fault. There are time limits for making claims – so please contact us as soon as possible to speak with our expert solicitors about your case.

Phone Seth Lovis & Co. today on 0808 252 0678 to see if you are eligible to receive compensation and have a viable claim.

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