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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

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Circular Instruction No. 181 - Compensation for Occupational Contact Dermatitis

2. Diagnosis


The diagnosis of occupational contact dermatitis relies on:

A diagnosis of contact dermatitis by the medical practitioner. The diagnosis must provide a detailed medical history and the nature and distribution of the skin lesions. A colour photograph will be helpful.
A full history of all occupational risk factors (physical, chemical and biological).
Occupational exposure to a known causative agent(s) of contact dermatitis and a chronological relationship between the dermatitis and the work environment.
A confirmatory skin test e.g. Patch Test, where appropriate.
The opinion and confirmation of the diagnosis by a dermatologist when the dermatitis is recurrent or resistant to treatment for more than 6 consecutive weeks.