First Aid Tips- Eyes And Chemical Exposure
Accidents can happen anytime, to anyone and anywhere, and when they do, it is important to know how to handle them correctly. Here are some First Aid Tips for the eye and chemical burn injuries which will help you to manage a challenging situation with confidence.
Working with chemicals at work can cause serious health risks. One of the accidents that may occur is chemical burn to the eye. If not treated quickly and correctly, the surface of the eye may become damaged, consequently causing blindness and scarring. The priority is to irrigate the eye(s) so that the chemical substance affecting the eye is dispersed.
First Aid Tips for Eyes and Chemical Exposure
Put on protective disposable gloves before helping the casualty.
If a casualty wears contact lenses, gently remove them. Contact lenses may continue to expose the chemical against the cornea, causing potentially permanent damage. However, avoid forcibly removing a contact lens.
Begin flushing the injured eye immediately under gently running cool water and continue to do so for approximately 15 minutes. Ask the casualty to keep the eyelid open. Irrigate the eyelid thoroughly both inside and out.
Ask the casualty to hold a clean pad (non-fluffy) over the injured eye. Bandage the pad loosely to hold in position while waiting for the medical assistance.
Seek immediate medical attention by dialling 911. If possible, send the container of the chemical substance with the casualty so that they could tell a medical team what they have been exposed to.
Do not forcibly remove contact lenses out of the casualty’s eyes.
Do not allow the casualty to touch or rub the injured eye.
Make sure that contaminated water does not splash the uninjured eye during the irrigation of the injured eye.
If the incident occurs in the workplace, notify the Health and Safety officer or the person in charge (e.g. general manager).
Record the incident in the Accident Book and follow the business policies and procedures with regards to incident reporting.
Report any concern (if any) you may have with regard to safe use of chemicals in the workplace.