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What industries have higher occupational skin disease risks?

Sometimes, a worker develops a disease due to conditions at their place of work. There are all different types of occupational diseases. One of the more common types are occupational skin diseases. This type holds the No. 2 spot when it comes to the most common occupational disease types.

Some examples of occupational skin diseases workers can develop include: skin infections, skin cancers, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Occupational skin diseases can be very harmful to workers and can impact a worker's life in a wide variety of different ways. Such occupational diseases are among the things that a worker may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits in relation to.

Often, occupational skin diseases are the result of a worker being exposed to hazardous chemicals. Of course, there are other things that can cause these sorts of occupational diseases, including biological agents, UV/solar radiation, extreme temperatures and mechanical trauma.

Hazards which can lead to occupational skin diseases can arise in all different sorts of workplaces. Of course, there are certain industries where such risks may be more pronounced. Examples of such industries include:

  • Construction.
  • Mechanics.
  • Painting.
  • Agriculture.
  • Health care.
  • Cleaning.
  • Cosmetology.
  • Food service.

One hopes that employers in these industries take appropriate steps to prevent their workers from being exposed to hazards that could result in occupational skin diseases.

What do you think are some of the biggest workplace skin disease risks here in California? What do you think are the best ways to address these risks? 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "SKIN EXPOSURES & EFFECTS," Accessed Dec. 11, 2014

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