Avoiding Burn Injuries at Your Workplace

Avoiding Burn Injuries at Your Workplace

Fire or hot materials are not the only causes of severe or lethal burns. They can also be caused by harmful chemicals or corrosive substances. These things may not only affect the skin but also the eyes, which is why it’s so important to wear eye protection in addition to gloves and flame-resistant clothing. The burn hazards found in a workplace vary from one industry to another, and below, you’ll find ways to minimize them.

Blisters on toes from burn injury

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Hot Oil & Water

  • Always follow safety procedures when working with hot oil and water to avoid scalds and burns

 

Electricity-Arc Flashes

  • Take all precautionary measures to make sure that the fault current at the point of work is at its lowest possible count while work is in progress
  • Do not place any body parts right in front of active equipment as an arc flash can cause severe injuries
  • Follow lockout procedures at all times

 

Welding, Brazing & Soldering

  • Make sure that the steel drum you’re welding on does not contain any combustible chemicals
  • Always wear fire-resistant clothing when welding

 

Portland Cement Powder (Corrosive Powder/Dust)

  • Keep floating dust particles from getting into your eyes by wearing snugly fitting safety goggles
  • Close cement containers when not in use
  • An eye wash station should be within 6 meters from where you work

 

Industrial Lasers

  • Wear eye protection when working on lights in the ultraviolet range
  • Be extremely careful when using a Class 4 laser because it is powerful enough to cut limbs

 

Cleaning

  • Use the advised personal protective equipment as directed by the manufacturer when handling chemicals
  • You can find labels and safety information sheets along with the chemicals you use. Make sure to read them and follow the instructions

 

 

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