Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we were all more hygiene conscious than ever before, with many of us washing our hands and using sanitising products more frequently. But increased exposure to certain substances can put you at risk of developing skin conditions such as dermatitis.
A recent study by the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy, based on an audit of 200 hospital staff, found that one in five of staff required time off work due to skin conditions. The study found that, on average, hospital staff were washing their hands with soap and using alcohol-based hand sanitisers around 23 times a day. Wearing certain PPE for long periods of time also contributed towards drier skin and eczema.
If you’ve developed dermatitis or another skin condition because of your working conditions, and you believe your employer neglected to put appropriate safety measures in place to protect you, you could claim compensation to cover any treatment costs and/or loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work.
Get in touch with our Industrial Disease Solicitors for a free claims assessment.