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A mechanic's role is known for being dirty, and while the superficial grime encountered on a daily basis within a workshop is easily washed away, the use of certain substances can have lasting effects

Mineral oil as a skin irritant

Not to be confused with medical grade mineral oil found in beauty products, the mineral oil commonly used in the mechanics and engineering sectors is usually technical grade. Although a wonderful lubricant, it is generally in its most non-purified form and therefore may contain a number of contaminants which are harmful to skin.

Contact dermatitis is a common complaint among mechanics. If a skin condition has occurred or worsened due to lack of training in the safe use of harmful substances or protective equipment has not been provided, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our dermatitis claim solicitors can help you make a claim if your condition has caused you pain, suffering and loss of earnings. Contact the team at Seth Lovis & Co today and we can quickly advise you regarding the likelihood of success.

What is contact dermatitis?

Dermatitis is caused when a substance irritates or reacts adversely with the skin. The symptoms, such as swelling, itchiness or dryness, are the immune system's or skin's reaction to the substance. Some workers may find their skin reacts almost immediately and this typically caused by an allergic response, whilst in cases of irritants, symptoms may occur days or months after prolonged exposure.

According to the NHS, 80% of all cases of contact dermatitis are caused by irritants such as mineral oils, cement, solvents, disinfectants and preservatives.

Do I have dermatitis?

Symptoms of contact dermatitis vary depending on the type of substance responsible for the irritation. However, those exposed to mineral oil will generally experience the following:

  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Dry and cracked appearance to the skin

Seeking treatment for mineral oil induced dermatitis

There are a range of emollients, topical corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids used in the treatment of contact dermatitis. However, in cases induced by mineral oils, avoiding the cause of the irritation should be the first action in relieving symptoms and preventing further episodes.

Wherever possible, if a different, less harmful, product can be used for a process then mineral oil should be avoided. However, when an irritant is the only viable option for the task employers have a duty to provide workers with personal protective equipment (gloves and overalls etc.) and adequate washing facilities, as well as providing training on safe use of irritants and what to do in the event of an acute allergic reaction.

Contact our dermatitis claim solicitors today

If you are suffering from contact dermatitis which has caused you pain and loss of income because you were unable to work during a flare-up, and you believe your employer did not do enough to prevent you coming into contact with irritants such as mineral oil, you may be eligible to claim industrial illness compensation.

Our team of personal injury solicitors can guide you through the process of making a claim and will happily discuss the likelihood of success should you wish to proceed.

Call our dermatitis claim solicitors on 0808 252 0678.

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