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Monday, March 05, 2012

Health and Safety...

is everybody's favourite whipping boy.  Extensive European legislation has meant lots of work for lots of people.  I'm here to say, though, that you can't legislate against stupidity.  I stuck my arm in a Burco boiler and got it scalded for my trouble.  What was I thinking???  Not a lot, clearly.  I've been working a lot with boiling water, over the past week or so.  I've been acid dyeing and felting, both of which mean really hot water.  We forget how dangerous that is...until we have to stand in  front of the sink for an hour, repeatedly soaking one's arm in cold water.

I haven't had many injuries relating to textiles; however, the one rule I never break is wearing a mask when working with dry dye powder.  After working with dyes for three or so months, I was diagnosed with asthma.  I was using Dylon dyes, and it doesn't say to wear a mask.  I think it should.

Meanwhile, I have a basin full of  cold water next to my chair, which I can dip my arm in if and when it hurts.  Which at the moment is every five minutes or so... wish it would go away...  And was it worth it?  Won't know til I rinse out, wash and dry the cloth.  Let's hope so.  Meanwhile, off to Google scalds...

5 comments:

Liz Plummer said...

Marion, neat lavender essential oil is very good for burns and scalds. I've used it and it works. You don't normally use essential oils neat as they are very strong but lavender apparently is sufficiently mild.

marion barnett said...

It is indeed, thanks for the reminder!

ZudaGay said...

OUCH! Burns hurt so much. I've also read that pure coconut oil helps a lot. You go with lavender and coconut oil you will smell really good, too. :)

Diana said...

I have been burnt with steam. Steam goes on burning. A steam or hot water burn is a medicial emergency. please get medical attention. please don't use herbals on it until you have consulted a doctor and been given the ok. First aid of cold water is good but it isn't enough.

Lindy said...

OH my word! Ow!