Presentation on theme: "Jane Hallett 2002 Occupational Dermatitis l What is is? l What causes it? l Controlling the risk l Recap."— Presentation transcript:
Jane Hallett 2002 Occupational Dermatitis l What is is? l What causes it? l Controlling the risk l Recap
Jane Hallett 2002 What is it? Occupational dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin causing itching, pain, redness, swelling and small blisters.
Jane Hallett 2002 What is it? The outer layer of skin acts a barrier against toxic substances. If these substances remove fats and oils from this layer, the substances penetrate deeper and combines with natural proteins to produce an allergic reaction.
Jane Hallett 2002 What is it? Irritant Contact 90% of all dermatitis is caused by direct contact with a substance It may occur randomly Allergic Contact Once sensitised, the problem is life long and any exposure to the substance will result in an attack.
Jane Hallett 2002 Dermatitis Irritant ContactAllergic Contact
Jane Hallett 2002 What causes it? Irritants l Detergents l Solvents l Engine oils l Cutting fluid l Lubricants l Fibreglass Allergens l Salts l Nickel l Epoxy l Resins l Dyes l Rubber
What causes it?
Jane Hallett 2002 Controlling the Risk Employer l Use safer substances l Provide information l Provide training l Supply PPE l Comply with the law Employee l Be aware of dermatitis l Take care with substances l Use PPE l Maintain PPE l Report symptoms
Jane Hallett 2002 Recap l Caused by contact with substances l Symptoms can occur randomly l Itching, pain, swelling, blisters l Be aware of the problem l Use PPE & controls l Report any symptoms