Employee safety is an essential part of delivering on your mission. Not only is it important to keep your teams safe for their own sake, but employee injuries can also impact your ability to serve your members and guests. These employee safety documents are designed to keep you informed on important employee safety topics. They can also be used to generate discussion at staff meetings to empower your staff to not only keep your members safe, but to keep themselves and their co-workers safe, too.
Some professions and roles are more at risk of burns than others, but none are immune. From accidental exposure to chemicals to fire, sunburn or electric shock, workplace burns are a risk everywhere, and to everyone. We've put together the following tips to help you minimize the risk as much as possible.
Even with the best preventive measures in place, however, there is still always some level of risk. That's why it's important for all staff to know the symptoms of different types of burns, and what they can do to treat them:
These burns affect the outer layer of skin and may result from sunburn or contact with hot objects/liquids and even steam. They will cause the skin to be red and sore.
Second degree burns—like first degree burns—can be caused by severe sunburn contact with hot liquids, or can result from contact with dangerous materials like gasoline. They affect the outer layer of skin and may penetrate deeper, beneath the skin's surface. The skin usually blisters.
Contact with flames, various chemicals or electricity are likely to cause third degree burns. These penetrate both layers of skin and are very serious. In fact, they can even be life threatening.
With all burns, the location of the injury may affect it's severity, the type of treatment needed and the time it takes to heal. All burns–regardless of severity– also have the potential to cause infection. Follow any after care instructions carefully and consistently, and insure that anything that comes into contact with the burn is sterile. And NEVER treat a burn with ice, as this could cause further damage to the fragile tissue.
Please contact your Redwoods consultant for more information.