Injuries in the workplace from hazardous substances: Minimising risks and impact

In Australia, burns are the sixth leading cause of workplace injury, with roughly 2,500 claims made per year. In the mining industry, such burns are often related to hazardous chemicals found in refineries and process plants, which can cause significant damage to the skin and eyes.

Taking action in the first few seconds following an eye injury is crucial to minimising injury and Australian work health and safety standards dictate that emergency eyewash and shower equipment be available for immediate use.

The following whitepaper from emergency eye wash and shower manufacturer Enware Australia details some of the hazards that mining and manufacturing employees face in the workplace, and how the impact of such hazards can be minimised.