Occupational burn injuries in the United States are reviewed. Factors that limit the use of occupational burn statistics are discussed. The 1969 occupational injury records of the Industrial Commission of the State of Ohio, which categorized data by degree of injury, type of accident, nature of injury, part of body, age group, sex, infection, and accident cause, are summarized. Occupational burn and fire injury priorities are described, along with occupational burn injury situations which are potentially correctable with known technology. A systems approach to the analysis of burn injuries includes study of medicine and public health; risk benefit; cost effectiveness; protective clothing and other devices; fires and fire prevention; flame retardant materials; safety and safety education; government regulations; criteria and standards; and enforcement of and compliance with existing regulations to protect individuals in the workplace. Recommendations for reducing the frequency and severity of occupational burns are presented.
NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Service Order No. 74-2423, 72 pages, 444 references