International comparison of legal aspects of workers' compensation for occupational contact dermatitis

Peter J. Frosch, Werner Aberer, Tove Agner, Paul J. August, L. Conde-Salazar, Lieve Constandt, Patricia Engasser, Felipe Heras, Swen Malte John, Antti Lauerma, Christophe J. Le Coz, Magnus Lindberg, Howard I. Maibach, Haydn L. Muston, Rosemary L. Nixon, Hanspeter Rast, W. I. Van Tichelen, Jason Williams

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The recognition of contact dermatitis as occupational depends on the legislation of state institutions and varies considerably among nine European countries, Australia and the USA. Furthermore, claims for compensation after surrender of the occupation are handled in a very different way. Details of management are described based on three typical examples (bricklayer, nurse and surgeon). In most countries, financial compensation is granted if the patient is unable to continue with his/her work and receives retraining for a different occupation. A general shortcoming is the lack of detailed information on the workplace (irritants, allergens and co-factors). For the future, with an increase in workers' migration, harmonization in regard to procedures for diagnosis, therapy, prevention, recognition and compensation should be pursued with high priority.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContact Dermatitis (Fifth Edition)
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783642038266
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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