Not only workplace risks exposure for personnel working abroad but above all endemic risks: recognize them is essential to learn how facing them as best as you can, well-informed and not worried about too much…even when it comes to “unforeseen guests”.
Facing a snake while working in furthest areas on earth is not so uncommon. Choosing a vigilant and careful behavior in case of encounter allows to avoid ofidic accidents ensuring snake’s integrity.
Basically snakes are shy and not aggressive. Their feeding is composed of small animals like frogs, lizards, bugs, rodents etc. The majority of venomous snakes has nocturnal habits, non-venomous snakes generally have diurnal ones. Their habitat ranging from dry and desert areas to humid and tropical ones. Snakes never attack, the attack is due to our carelessness.
Consequences on human body, in case of bite, depend on own allergic level as well as on the type of inoculated venom: recognizing snake’s breed is crucial to provide adequate first aid and therapies.
Some precautions in order to prevent the risk of ofidic accidents are:
- use of high footwear and long trousers
- don’t put hands inside holes or cavities
- lift stones or wood with a stick
- walking with an animal (ex. dog) that can be track snake presence
- check carefully the environment before carrying out any kind of activity
- when crossing snakes suspicious zones walking in single file instead messly for not making pesky noise and vibrations
In case of a snake encounter:
- go backwards avoiding sudden movements and take another direction
- don’t try to touch or catch the snake
In case of ofidic accident:
- keep the injured at rest and don’t leave him alone
- calm down the injured
- loosen garment of the injured
- provide to the injured water or soft drink (no alcholics and coffee)
- transport immediately the injured to the closer hospital or poison centre
See attached guide on how to identify venomous snakes.