Employers have a duty to prevent burn injuries on the job, just like they have a duty to protect their workers from suffering any other type of injury. When an employee suffers a burn injury, he or she might miss extended time at work and might not be able to return to work because of the severity of the injuries. Let's examine what employers must do for employees to prevent burn injuries.
Training is the first step employers need to take to prevent burn injuries. All new employees should be provided training on the chemical hazards present in the workplace and any other ways they can suffer burns on the job. Continued training should be offered to all employees each year as refresher courses.
Hazard communication needs to be utilized in the workplace at all times. This includes posting signs, labels or placards that show where dangerous chemicals are stored. Requirements that all employers must follow have been established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If your employer does not abide by these regulations, it is in your best interest to report the problem to human resources or file a complaint with OSHA.
Your employer should also issue you personal protective equipment if you will be working with hazardous chemicals or materials as part of your job duties. This equipment includes gloves, goggles, a full face mask, a body suit and ear plugs.
Burn injuries can be devastating. Even a minor burn can cause you to miss time on the job, leading to financial problems. If there are hazards present in the workplace, be sure to notify your employer so they can be removed as quickly as possible.