Occupational skin dermatitis in CSSD practice




Wednesday 27th October | 14:00 SAST


The healthcare setting is recognized as a high level of risk for infection transmission. Therefore, personal protective equipment is an essential component of standards precautions. Medical gloves are the most common type of PPE to protects the wearer from potential infectious blood or body fluids. Frequent glove use has caused the incidence of occupational contact dermatitis or adverse skin conditions to healthcare workers. These include allergies and other sensitivities, and often the specific cause may not be known.

healthcare workers are at a high risk of glove-related disorders, with occupational skin disease the second most common work-related problem, contact dermatitis is the most common form of occupational skin disease and accounts for 70-90% of all cases of occupational skin disease.

Chemical allergies and other adverse glove reactions in health care workers and patients can be managed by understanding and recognizing them and then taking appropriate action. Health care workers should be encouraged to report any symptoms to management. A diagnosis is made based on a detailed medical history, physical exam, and the relevance of positive patch tests with offending glove chemicals.

Learning objectives

  • Awareness of types of Contact dermatitis
  • Corelations and factors causing the allergies in the healthcare setting
  • Actions and measure for diagnosis and treatment




Hayman ElHamaky

Marketing Manager – MEA / Medit - Healthcare, Ansell, Dubai, UAE



Prof Dr Ashraf Reda

Consultant Dermatologist, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Reda has worked in prestigious hospitals in United Arab emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. He was also a Professor of Dermatology at the Ain Shams University Hospitals in Egypt. During his career, he has published a large number of medical publications and articles that were published in international medical journals.

He also holds the position of Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and is a member of The Editorial Board Of The International Journal Of Dermatology & The American Academy Of Dermatology.