An industrial or occupational skin disease is a skin condition that is wholly or partially caused by an individual’s working environment. If you or a loved one considers that a skin condition has been caused or aggravated as a result of a current or previous employment then our team of Industrial Disease lawyers may be able to help you bring a claim for compensation.

Industrial or occupational skin diseases are caused by direct contact with hazardous substances. Contact can occur as a result of: immersion of a body part, touching contaminated tools, splashing and spillages in the workplace. Most industrial and occupational skin diseases affect the hands and the forearms as they are the body parts most likely to be in regular contact with hazardous substances.

Duty of care

All employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from accidents and illnesses in the workplace by having safe working practices and supplying personal protective equipment (PPE).

Employers are obliged to ensure that they provide appropriate training for employees to complete their tasks safely and that any equipment used is regularly maintained and fit for purpose. In most industrial and occupational disease compensation claims the claim is made against the Employers’ Liability Insurance company and not against the business itself.

Skin disorders that may occur as a result of working with hazardous substances

Skin disorders that can occur by working with hazardous substances include, but are not limited to:

  • acne
  • dermatitis or eczema
  • folliculitis
  • pigmentation changes
  • skin cancer
  • skin infections
  • urticaria

High risk occupations

Some common occupations where the exposure risk is high include:

It is possible to bring a claim for compensation even if you have not worked for the employer for some time or they have ceased trading; this is because some work related illnesses can take time to become symptomatic.

Contact us

If you or a loved one have suffered due to your working conditions please speak to one of our Industrial Disease lawyers to discuss making a compensation claim on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 or complete the request a call back form and we will call you back.