The occupational physician’s role in the detection and official recognition of occupational skin diseases

Occupational and work-related skin diseases include all skin conditions (as well as those involving the mucous membranes and cutaneous annexes) that are caused, conditioned, aggravated or promoted directly or indirectly by workplace risk factors. Occupational health physicians (OP) are involved in all phases of the natural history of the disease: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, clinical management, and providing advice and support to the company and the worker in all these stages. This study provides an in-depth review of the role of the OP throughout this process, underscoring the importance of coordination with the dermatologist and/or the allergist. One of the OP’s main interventions is to manage work adaptations and/or modifications to facilitate an active working life, free of hazardous exposures and/or to achieve an early and safe return to work.

Authors: Villar Vinuesa R, Ramada Rodilla JM, Serra Pujadas C. ; Full Source: Archivos De Prevencion De Riesgos Laborales. 2017 Oct to Dec;20(4):214-219. doi: 10.12961/aprl.2017.20.4.03.