When most people think of workplace injury they immediately think of accidents causing physical injury. While these accidents certainly happen, there is another type of workplace injury that is a very real threat for workers in many industries – occupational disease.

An occupational disease is an illness that develops as a result of workplace conditions or a workers exposure to something in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common occupational diseases are:

Irritant and Allergic Dermatitis

Dermatitis is the most common occupational disease. This skin disease accounts for 15-20% of all occupational diseases reported. Irritant and allergic dermatitis occurs as a result of exposure to an agent or substance that causes an irritation or allergic reaction. Some of the most common causes of dermatitis include:

  •         Solvents
  •         Latex
  •         Pesticides
  •         Flavoring agents
  •         Disinfectants</