Different types of injuries tend to require different forms of treatment. Treating workplace burns in particular tends to be one area where many workers are unaware of what they should do. Knowing the proper treatment process can help ensure these burns can heal properly…
Workplace Burns: Proper Treatment
Different burn types
In order to properly treat workplace burns, it’s key to know the different burn types. In general, burns come in three different variations, or degrees. First-degree burns are the least serious, and most common. Next are second-degree burns, followed by third-degree ones, which are the most severe.
First-degree burns aren’t as dangerous because they only affect the first layer of skin. Second-degree burns go a bit deeper, and tend to cause blisters and the skin to turn red. As for third-degree burns, these can reach some of the deepest parts of the skin, and cause charring and serious damage.
First- and second-degree workplace burns are the easiest to treat. To start, soak the burned area with cold water for several minutes, either under a faucet or with a damp cloth. Don’t use ice, lotion, or ointment when a burn is still fresh, as these could increase the pain and cause the burn to heal improperly.
Once you’ve soaked the burned area, cover it with something like a bandage or gauze. This will help to prevent an infection from forming. Be sure to avoid popping any blisters, as this could cause them to get infected as well. If the burn doesn’t appear to be healing, then it’s best to see a doctor.
Serious workplace burns, like third-degree ones, will require serious medical treatment. In fact, it isn’t a good idea to try and treat these injuries on your own. Rather, you’ll want to to call 911 immediately and wait for them to arrive.
In the meantime, it’s good to keep the burned area raised above the heart. This helps with keeping blood flowing to and from the affected area. Also, try to remove any clothing which is around the burn, in order to prevent it from sticking to the skin.