10 Jan 2012
We would like to draw your attention to open wounds which make up more than a quarter of workplace injuries.
Be conservative and take as many precautions as you can to avoid injury. Concentration is a big factor. The risk of injury increases with the number of hours worked with those who start work before 7am or finish after 7pm being more likely to be injured. Education around proper use of equipment and not becoming complacent (too casual) with tasks that you may be familiar with are also paramount.
When there is an incident involving a less severe open wound, report the incident, ask for assistance and use the first aid kit.
To prevent infection disposable latex gloves should be worn whenever contact with open wounds is possible. Every wound that breaks the skin should be cleaned and covered, at the first possible opportunity. Follow the tips below:
Deep wounds, larger lacerations and wounds that become red and throb should be covered with sterile dressings and promptly referred to either a health professional (e.g. a doctor or nurse) or the hospital emergency department. Tetanus immunisation may be necessary. Do not touch the wound or any part of the sterile dressing that will be in contact with the wound.