Bitumen burns do not occur very often – however, when they do, they can present a significant risk due to the high temperature of the bitumen and its thick, sticky nature.
Many people in the industry are still unsure about how to respond if there’s an accident involving a bitumen burn and even some medical professionals are unaware of the appropriate treatment procedures.
In a move to increase awareness, education and health & safety across the bitumen industry, the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) – along with endorsement by the Australia and New Zealand Burn Association – has released a Bitumen Burns Card that outlines a quick and safe response to bitumen burns. The cards are intended to be displayed in a prominent location and placed in all vehicles used at work sites.
The Bitumen Burns Card features First Aid Response instructions and advice for medical practitioners.
The Bitumen Burns Card comes with two wallet-sized personal First Aid cards. For more details, visit the AAPA website
or contact AAPA on (03) 9853 3595.