29.05.2015

Work-related skin diseases

Occupational skin diseases are among the top three registered occupational
diseases in Europe. Exposure to chemical, physical, biological risk factors
can lead to different skin diseases, though several individual (genetic)
factors influence the outcome too. The majority is caused by wet work,
workplace exposure to chemicals and high ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Contact dermatites are the most prevalent and they may pose a serious threat to
the work ability of the individual. The prevention of occupational skin
diseases requires a comprehensive approach with synchronised activities of the
dermatologist, the occupational physician, the occupational hygienist and the
occupational safety and health expert.

The article published on OSHwiki explains the various kinds of skin disorders
workers may be at risk of, including those from exposure to chemical substances
or those from exposure to extreme temperatures or radiation.

This entry also provides information on prevention. In order to prevent and
treat skin disorders it is essential that workers and employers be aware of the
risk factors in the workplace and ensure the application of appropriate safety
and health measures. This includes implementation of workplace prevention plans
tailored to each individual situation and use of proper protective equipment.

You can learn more about the risk factors, how to identify disorders and
implement prevention measures by reading this month's OSHwiki article in the
spotlight, ‘Work-related skin diseases'.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work