The American Burn Association (ABA) sponsors National Burn Awareness Week every February. This annual campaign is intended to educate individuals and organizations on how to prevent and respond to burn injuries. For 2024, National Burn Awareness Week runs from Feb. 4-10. This year’s theme is flammable liquids burn. Such liquids include gasoline, cleaning agents, solvents, paints and adhesives.
When stored or handled incorrectly, flammable liquids can release harmful vapors into the air and cause explosions, potentially causing serious burn injuries. According to the ABA, gasoline fumes can ignite up to 12 feet away from the liquid source, highlighting the severity of flammable liquid hazards. As National Burn Awareness Week approaches, it’s important for employees like you to play your part in mitigating flammable liquid risks and avoiding related burn injuries on the job. As such, consider the following prevention and response strategies:
For additional burn prevention guidance, talk to your supervisor.
Violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue. In fact, OSHA estimates that 2 million U.S. employees experience instances of workplace violence each year. Whether they come from a current or former employee, an unknown assailant, or as a result of domestic violence or personal problems, many of these incidents can be foreseen and averted through proper education and safety precautions. With this in mind, it’s vital for you to have a better understanding of the key types of workplace violence and how to mitigate these incidents.
Workplace violence can include actions or words that endanger or harm you or cause you to believe that you may be in danger, including the following:
All threats should be taken seriously. You can reduce your risk of experiencing violence in the workplace with the following safety strategies:
Reach out to your supervisor if you have any further questions about workplace violence prevention.
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