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BFPA launches new fluid injection injury guideline document

05 February, 2013

A new guideline document addressing the important theme of hydraulic fluid injection injury has been launched by the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA). The handy pocket-sized booklet – titled ‘Fluid Injection Injury Emergency – The Facts’ – is the latest publication produced by the association as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of health & safety issues within the fluid power industry. The key themes covered include: people most at risk, symptoms, treatment and outcome.

A fluid injection injury, if not treated properly and quickly, can have serious consequences, resulting in permanent loss of movement in limbs, and in some cases even the loss of a limb. The fluid power industry, often working at high pressures, is potentially a source for such accidents. However, an injection injury can occur at pressures as low as 7 bar. Therefore, many industries such as water jetting, paint and process carry this risk.
The BFPA comments that even the medical profession in general is not as aware as it should be about the correct techniques for diagnosis and treatment. It adds that some countries, notably Australia, seem to be getting to grips with this problem, but for now the UK is still lagging behind.
The subject of hydraulic fluid injection injury is already covered in existing BFPA training courses, however the association feels that, given the potential serious nature of this topic, the new publication is warranted in its own right.
BFPA director Ian Morris commented: “Fluid power injection injuries thankfully remain rare occurrences. Yet, when they do occur they can have a devastating effect on the health and wellbeing of the injured party, as well as bring into question the safety regime of his/her employer. Such instances can also compromise the reputation of the fluid power industry, which in general continues to sustain a high reputation for good health & safety practice. This new publication has been published in order to reinforce the need for diligence at all times, as well as to provide valuable, concise advice as to how to deal with such an injury if it does occur.”
‘Fluid Injection Injury Emergency – The Facts’ is priced at £3.10 for BFPA/BFPDA members and £6.25 for non-members. To order your copy, please email: enquiries@bfpa.co.uk or phone the BFPA on (+44)1608 647900.
About the British Fluid Power Association
The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) represents hydraulic and pneumatic businesses commercially and technically throughout the UK. With some 240 distributors and manufacturers in membership the BFPA is a truly full-service trade association. In whatever section of the fluid power industry your interest lies – be it technical i.e. electrohydraulics, pneumatic controls, motion control, linear motion, accumulators, pumps and motors, valves, pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, seals, hose & fittings, safety & training, or commercial such as overseas exhibitions, statistics, political lobbying or European directives and guidelines – the BFPA has something to offer.

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