Occupational Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is a skin condition which occurs as a result of exposure to certain substances or conditions in the workplace. It can cause redness, itching, dryness and blistering of the skin.

Below are some prevention measures and safety practices to help reduce the risk of occupational dermatitis. 

  • Risk Assessment: Conduct a thorough assessment of the workplace to identify substances, chemicals, or conditions that could potentially cause dermatitis. This may involve reviewing safety data sheets, consulting with experts, or conducting internal workplace inspections. 
  • Substitution of hazardous substances: Where possible, substitute hazardous substances or chemicals with less harmful alternatives. Look for products which are less irritating or have lower sensitisation potential for the user. 
  • Training and education: Ensure that employees receive suitable training and education regarding the risks of occupational dermatitis. Training should include how to identify potential hazards, the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and good hygiene practices. 
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): Provide and advise the use of appropriate PPE to protect the skin from contact with hazardous substances. This may include gloves, aprons, goggles, face shields, or other protective clothing. Ensure that the PPE fits properly. 
  • Engineering controls: Implement engineering controls to minimise exposure to hazardous substances. This can include local exhaust ventilation systems, enclosed workstations, or other measures to contain or remove hazardous substances from the work environment. 
  • Hygiene practices: Encourage good hygiene practices among employees, such as regular handwashing using mild soaps and lukewarm water. Provide access to suitable washing facilities and moisturisers to prevent dry skin. 
  • Skin care programs: Establish a skin care program that includes the use of mild cleansers and moisturisers suitable for the workplace. Provide information on proper skin care techniques and encourage employees to use moisturisers regularly to maintain skin health. 
  • Regularly inspect and maintain equipment: Inspect and maintain equipment and tools to ensure that they are in good working condition and do not contribute to skin irritation. Replace or repair any equipment which may pose a risk. 
  • Monitor symptoms: Encourage employees to report any signs or symptoms of dermatitis promptly. Establish a system for reporting incidents and provide access to medical evaluations and treatments if necessary. 
  • Review safety procedures: Regularly review and update safety procedures and protocols to address any new hazards or changes in the workplace. Stay informed about the latest research and best practices related to occupational dermatitis prevention. 


Preventing occupational dermatitis requires a combination of hazard identification, employee education, appropriate PPE usage, and good hygiene practices. By implementing these measures, you can help protect workers’ skin. 

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