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Occupational dermatitis in factory workers

Occupational dermatitis can be defined as a pathological condition of the skin for which occupational exposure can be shown to be a major contributory factor, and which would not have occurred if the individual had not been doing that type of work. Legal definitions of occupational dermatitis vary considerably between countries. In the UK the majority are defined by Prescribed Disease D5 by the Department of Health and Social Security as 'non-infective dermatitis of external origin (including chrome ulceration of the skin but excluding dermatitis due to ionising particles or electromagnetic radiation other than radiant heat)'.
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(1): 12–14
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