Weekly Tool Box Talk: Burn Prevention

Before we dive into the tool box talk of the week, I wanted to address the importance of weekly safety meetings and tool box talks. Tool box talks are not meant to be intensive safety training, they are quick 5-10 minute discussions that keep safety topics at top of mind and promote a safety culture. Frequency and consistency are key when delivering safety information. Keeping tool box talks short and focused make it easy to make them part of a regular routine. Tool Box Talk: Burn PreventionThere are three basic causes or sources of burn accidents.  They are chemical, electrical and fire.  Certain steps can be taken to help employees from getting burned.Chemical BurnsMake sure all containers are properly labeledMSDSs are available and reviewed periodicallyPPE is available and in good conditionEmployees are conducting proper hygiene practices such as washing after using chemicalsElectrical BurnsAll machinery is properly guardedDo not overload electrical circuitsReplace any wiring that has exposed wiresFireSmoke only in designated areasPlace oily rags in approved safety cansStore flammable liquids properlyKeep flammables away from heatersIf an employee is burned, treat it as a serious burn.  Seek medical attention immediately.  Do not put ice, ointment or any other material directly on the burned area.  Do not break any blisters that may form.  Keep burned area elevated.  Use only cool water on first and second degree burns.  For chemical burns, flush the skin immediately for 15 minutes.  Provide the doctor with the MSDS of the chemical that caused the burn.Remember to always use caution while working in areas where the possibility of getting burned exists.