16 Dec 2011
Workplace burns can be prevented and the likelihood of serious injury can be reduced by diligently following workplace safety measures and by educating workers on workplace burn hazards. The prevention of workplace burns is an employer’s duty, but everyone within the workplace must take extreme care completing any tasks where there is a risk of being burnt or scalded.
Causes of burn injuries include:
The diversity of causes and differences in severity mean that there are a number of different treatments for burn injuries. These include cooling the burnt area with cold water, removing blisters and cleaning the burnt area, pain relief, application of specialised dressings and, for more severe cases, immediate emergency attention.
Types of burns include:
Note: If your eyes are involved in a chemical burn or welding flash, flush the eyes immediately. Remove contact lenses (if being worn) while the eyes are being flushed and hold the eyelids open.
In our next edition, we will cover another type of common burn – sunburn.