Every work environment has the risk of injury, but some places are higher than others. Understanding the common injuries found in every workplace is vital, so you can do your best to avoid accidents. These are the common injuries in a chemical manufacturing plant.
Chemical burns are one of the top and most common injuries found in a chemical manufacturing plant. There is a range of severity when it comes to burns; you could treat the burn with a cool compress or by running it under cold water. Local emergency personnel should get involved if the burn covers more of your body or an employee’s. The burn is an emergency if:
- It’s a second-degree burn to a significantly large area (larger than three inches in diameter).
- It causes signs of shock, like shallow breathing, fainting, and pale complexion.
- Over-the-counter medications don’t ease the pain.
- The burn occurs on the groin, buttocks, hands, feet, eyes, or another major joint.
Employers must have a safety system in place for emergencies. There should be a first aid kit and steps to follow for chemical burns. Employees should also know ways to help prevent injuries in chemical manufacturing plants.
Chemical Spills or Exposures
Working with chemicals is part of the job description. Sometimes, there is a brief exposure because of the manufacturing process, but employees should follow the proper guidelines to handle the materials safely.
Spilling or exposure can lead to burns, rashes, or industrial diseases. These diseases could be:
There are even larger risks when employees significantly expose themselves to harmful chemicals.
Falls and Slips
The ground in the plants can become incredibly slippery. There are many reasons why staff could fall. Employees could be unaware of a slippery floor. Ensure there are signs available to mark wet areas.
Provide adequate lighting and ensure all floors are even with no damage. Employees should know how to keep their workstations and spaces clean and clear of items. Avoid running wires and cables along the floor in highly-trafficked areas.
All employees must pay attention to their surroundings while at work. It’s the best defense against these common chemical manufacturing injuries. Frequently train staff to ensure they’re knowledgeable regarding safety in the workplace.