■ If your clothes or boots are contaminated with sewage, wash yourself thoroughly after handling them. ■ Make sure working clothes are regularly laundered. ■ Wet protective clothing should be dried as soon as possible. ■ Always report injuries at work no matter how trivial. First aid precautions Take particular care to thoroughly wash cuts, scratches or abrasions of the skin as soon as possible. Cover the wound completely with a waterproof adhesive plaster and keep it covered until it has healed. If you suffer an abrasion or break to the skin while working in a sewer or contaminated water. Consult your doctor as soon as possible in order to explain the circumstances and show him/her this card.
What is leptospirosis? Two types of leptospirosis infection can affect
the disease is often mistaken for influenza, pneumonia, tonsillitis, rheumatic fever, jaundice and gall stones etc. Mild signs and symptoms can develop rapidly into serious illness and therefore if you suspect you have been infected you must consult your doctor without delay for detailed examination and treatment. It is extremely important that medical staff are shown this card on registration. Safety precautions ■ Wear suitable protective clothing e.g. Wellingtons, rubber gloves etc. when working with sewage or contaminated water from ditches, streams etc. ■ Wash your hands and forearms thoroughly with soap and water especially before meal breaks and immediately after working with sewage and contaminated water. ■ Wash your hands before you smoke and avoid rubbing your nose or mouth with your hands during work.
workers in the UK. Weil’s disease
This is a serious and sometimes fatal infection that is transmitted to humans by contact with urine from infected rats. The Hardjo form of leptospirosis This is transmitted from cattle to humans. Cause of Weil’s Disease The germ usually infects humans through breaks in the skin e.g. cuts grazes and through the lining of the mouth, throat and eyes after contact with infected urine or contaminated water which have not been adequately covered and come into contact with infected water or other material. Signs and symptoms The disease usually commences with persistent severe headache, muscular pains and tenderness, and in the early stages
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