We expect the monsoons to arrive in most parts of the country shortly. Listed below are some HSSE tips for you and your loved ones to ensure that everyone continues to remain safe during the monsoon season.
Although monsoon brings down the temperatures, it also creates a fertile breeding ground for some diseases like Viral fever, Malaria, Cholera, Dengue, Chikungunya, Conjunctivitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Food Poisoning. All these diseases usually have one or more symptoms - fever with or without chills/rigors, body ache, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, rash and redness of eyes.
Emphasis being on prevention, the following guidelines will help:
- Avoid getting wet in rain and if wet, do change clothes immediately.
- Avoid wetting your feet with monsoon water as it may be contaminated with animal excreta – a cause of Leptospirosis.
- Take following insect-bite prevention measures:
- Wear full-sleeve shirt, loose-fitting clothing, trousers and socks.
- Make sure the windows are closed.
- Ensure to have insect screens on the windows.
- Use plug-in vaporizers, knock-down insecticide sprays, mosquito nets, mosquito repellents like DEET & Lemon eucalyptus.
- Purchase food/water from reputed stores and of reputed brands.
- Avoid street food. Consume foods in reputed and hygienic hotels/restaurants only.
- Safe distancing: avoid close contact with people having symptoms listed above.
- Maintain high personal hygiene: frequently wash your hands using soap and water or use a sanitizer.
- Avoid crowded public places.
- If you have symptoms enumerated above, it is strongly recommended that you seek professional medical attention at the earliest. Do not self-medicate.
Hope you find these tips useful as you get ready to welcome the rains this year.