Companies have been warned that they may face injury compensation claims if they do not pay attention to the risk of dermatitis in the workplace, following the prosecution of a Southampton firm.
An employee suffered from severe dermatitis after being exposed to a known skin irritant at Prysmian Cables and Systems Limited, which has pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
The condition is so severe that the worker was forced to retire on medical grounds, leaving him with very limited prospects for future employment.
"Dermatitis is not just a ‘bit of a rash’ which can be ignored but a painful, debilitating and as this case proves, a life-changing condition which can be easily avoided," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) specialist inspector in occupational health Anne Bartlett.
The HSE plans to use its presence at this month’s TUC conference in Liverpool to promote plans to get more employees involved in health and safety at their workplace.