Exposure of the skin to chemicals whether at work or in a hair or beauty salon can result in injury to skin and/or hair loss.
Signs of damage to skin are redness, itching, scaling and blistering. Occasionally there may be swelling or even headaches etc.
If the skin condition gets worse the skin may crack and bleed, and the skin condition can spread all over the body. Dermatitis and hair loss can affect anyone of any age or sex.
Read more about the law relating to controlling hazardous substances at work.
Dermatitis and related conditions can of course affect people working in all sectors. Hair loss or dermatitis of the scalp may result from negligent treatment at the hairdressers or beauty salon.
Bleaching products, hair colourings, dyes and perming solutions are all substances that can damage skin and hair.
Negligent treatment at the hairdressers may result in “burning” of the scalp causing dry and brittle hair that breaks off or falls out. Skin conditions caused by work are generally known as occupational dermatitis, and doctors usually call it contact dermatitis.
Basically, it is contact with a substance, chemical or agent at work that has resulted in the dermatitis. Therefore, someone working as a cleaner may have contact with bleach or disinfectant and as a result suffer contact dermatitis (occupational dermatitis).
A process worker in a factory may have contact with meat or fish and this causes him to suffer contact dermatitis (occupational dermatitis). Occupational dermatitis generally affects the hands or forearms because they are the places most likely to touch the substance or chemical. However if there are fumes, liquids or dust in the work place then the dermatitis may develop on workers’ faces, necks or chests.
Dermatitis can spread to other parts of the body that have not been in contact with the substance at work.