The first week of February is National Burn Awareness Week. Across the country, employers and employees are called to pay attention to fire hazards, burn prevention methods and general safety on the worksite.
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided. Below, are five tips workers and employers should know for preventing burn-related injuries in the workplace.
Follow the rules
Employers should enforce rules and safety techniques regularly to all employees. Employees should be aware of this information at all times. Prevention is key to preventing burns in the workplace.
Handle with care
Workers should take extra precaution when they are near hot surfaces, handling hot oil or grease. Reaching across surfaces, transporting hot materials and dumping hot liquids can be disastrous if a worker is not careful.
Dress the part
Wearing the proper PPE and clothing can make all the difference. Fire resistant materials, such as wool, in clothing, are known for helping to prevent burns to the body. The proper gloves, shoes and eye protection should also be worn.
Prepare for the worst
Accidents do happen. Make sure your workplace has properly functioning fire-extinguishing equipment, first aid kits and eyewash stations. It is important that employees are aware of where safety stations are located in the event of an accident.
While on the job, everyone should be continually aware of their surroundings and movements. Shortcuts and an unfocused mind can lead to fires or burns. Always monitor every situation with a preventative mindset.
If an employee experiences a burn on the job, OHC is here to help. But, OHC would like to remind workers and employers, the best prevention against burns is awareness. During National Burn Awareness Week, take the time to evaluate your workplace to see if you are following these precautions to prevent burns.