Work-related skin disease
Work-related skin disease continues to be common, particularly in certain occupations, and can be severe in some cases.
The latest information shows:
- There were an estimated 6,000 (95% Confidence Interval: 4,000-9,000) new cases of “skin problems” each year that were caused or made worse by work according the Labour Force Survey (LFS) over the last three years.
- Most occupational skin disease cases identified by dermatologists within the EPIDERM scheme are contact dermatitis, of which similar numbers are caused by exposures to allergens and irritants.
- In 2015, there were 1518 estimated individuals with new cases of occupational skin disease reported within EPIDERM.
- Analyses of contact dermatitis cases reported within EPIDERM over time suggest that there has been a fairly constant long-term downward trend in incidence since the late 1990s, although this has flattened off in the last few years.
- Contact with soaps and cleaning materials and working with wet hands continue to be the most common causes of occupational contact dermatitis according to EPIDERM reports.
- Occupations with the highest rates are florists, hairdressers, cooks, beauticians, and certain manufacturing and health care related occupations.
Figure 1: Occupational contact dermatitis in Great Britain, 2005 – 2015