Occupational Skin Disease Surveillance
EPIDERM collects data on occupational skin diseases and the agents that cause them. Approximately 120 dermatologists are currently reporting to the scheme.
EPIDERM was initiated at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), The University of Manchester. It has been collecting cases from dermatologists’ reports since 1993. Case reports of work-related ill-health collected by EPIDERM are the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) preferred source of data for several dermatological conditions.
Between 2010 and 2019, a total of 4,698 cases of work-related skin disease were reported to EPIDERM:
- Contact dermatitis – 86%
- Neoplasia – 9%
- Contact urticaria – 3%
- Mechanical – 1%
- Other skin disease – 1%
- Folliculitis/acne – under 1%
- Infective – under 1%
- Nail – under 1%
Who can join EPIDERM?
To become an EPIDERM reporter, you must be a consultant, associate specialist or speciality doctor in dermatology, based in the UK. Trainee physicians are also able to report, provided they are endorsed by a qualified and named dermatology physician.
“We have already obtained a lot from EPIDERM. It has allowed an insight into the skin health of the working nation and, as such, is unique.”
Professor David J Gawkrodger / Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Professor of Dermatology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Your reporting options
Once you become an EPIDERM reporter, you will have a choice between core reporting and sample reporting.
Core reporters report throughout the year, reporting cases for each month. Sample reporters report for just one randomly allocated month per year.
Online reporting of occupational cases is done via a secure web form. You will have your own account for completing this form.
You will receive a reporting email, which includes your username and password, at the beginning of every month (core reporters) or at the beginning of your randomly allocated month (sample reporters).
There is currently also an option to report by card, which is sent by post to reporters every month (core reporters) or once a year (sample reporters).
Blogs by our reporters
You can read blog posts by current EPIDERM reporters about their experiences on the THOR blog.
Join EPIDERM now
To join us as an EPIDERM reporter, please complete our recruitment form.