Avoiding burn injuries at work

In order to minimise the risk of employees suffering burn injuries at work, employers must establish effective health and safety protocols and be thorough in the way that they assess risks. The law compels employers to carry out regular risk assessments which account for all hazards in the workplace and determine how serious they are and how they can be negated. The findings of these risk assessments must then be communicated to staff at training sessions so that they are aware of safety procedures and can protect themselves.

Burn injuries in the workplace occur with alarming regularity and employers must take responsibility for the well being of their staff. A legal duty of care is owed by all employers to their employees which means that they must take every reasonably practicable step to protect their employees from harm. Employers should therefore provide all necessary safety equipment and training.

Here are some of the steps employers can take to protect employees from burn injuries:

• Provide the personal protective equipment necessary to guard against work accident burns e.g. overalls, goggles, gloves

• Provide comprehensive training and ensure that staff do not do tasks they are untrained in

• Advise staff on how to identify hazards themselves and protect themselves from possible burn injuries

• Place suitable warning signs by hot surfaces or machinery which may cause burns

• Warn employees of the burn risks posed by vapour/steam

• Give employees advice on how to handle hot materials

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