Which occupations are most at risk?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that working with wet hands, and contact with soaps and cleaning materials continue to be the most common causes of occupational contact dermatitis. It suggests that certain workers such as florists, hairdressers, cooks, beauticians, and those employed in manufacturing and healthcare-related occupations are most at risk. Dermatitis is common in a wide range of worker groups, including:

  • hairdressers;
  • healthcare workers, including nurses, cleaners, lab technicians and ambulance workers;
  • catering and kitchen staff;
  • bar staff;
  • cleaners;
  • bakers and confectioners;
  • meat, poultry and fish handlers;
  • fruit and vegetable handlers;
  • printers;
  • painters and decorators; and
  • chemical factory workers.
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