While this weekend's Suarez biting incident isn't something your employees are likely to feel threatened by, employees who work outdoors stand a good chance of encountering rabid dogs, which can result in nasty bites in the workplace.
If your employees travel often, they're also likely to be in danger.
Here's what you need to know to keep them safe from bites in the workplace.
Why are bites such a big health and safety threat?
'Bites on the hand are most common and serious because of high incidence of infection (sepsis),' warns the Health and Safety Advisor.
The reason for this is twofold:
That's why you need to train your employees on basic first aid so they know they must seek immediate medical attention if they – or one of their co-workers – receives a bite while on the job.
You'll also need to instruct them to get a tetanus vaccine to ensure to protect them from tetanus. After all, 'tetanus is a potentially fatal infection of the muscles and nervous system,' warns the National Health Services. So you definitely don't your employee contracting it.
Prevention is better than cure – use these three tips to protect your employees from bites in the workplace
The surest way prevent biological hazards like bites in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Advisor is to train your employees on:
Bottom line: 'You may not always be able to prevent occupational hazards from happening in the field. But, by ensuring your employees know the correct health and safety procedures to follow, you can help ensure any incident has a happy ending,' advises FSP Business.
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