Snake Season - Are you prepared?

Author: Brendan Clayton   Date Posted:11 September 2018 

In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year. Is your workplace prepared for the Snake Season yet?

In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year

Given that 21 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world live in Australia, it should come as no surprise that the most poisonous snake in Australia is also the most poisonous snake in the world. 

Are you prepared for Snake Bites this year?

Industroquip Safety & Signage have two extremely popular products that can assist you in both prevention and cure of Snake Bites in the workplace this year.

SNAKE PROTEX

Snakeprotex® is a unique product designed from the outset to protect you from bites from Australian snakes. Snakes are a threat in Australia. Many snakes have the capability to inflict a fatal bite. The common Eastern Brown Snake is the cause of most instances of snakebite in Australia. Some victims of a bite from an Eastern Brown Snake do not even feel the bite. (Some little-known facts are shown below, which underline the urgent need for outside workers to wear sufficient protection).

Snakeprotex™ is the result of over 12 months’ investigation, design and testing. This is a pair of gaiters designed to protect the lower leg (knee to ankle). To ensure rigourous testing for the gaiter a professional herpetologist was engaged to carry out the necessary trials. The product proved itself well, leading to our claim that Snakeprotex™ will assist in protecting a person from snakebite if worn correctly. Snakeprotex is supplied with a diagram showing how to simply and correctly wear the gaiters.

The Snakeprotex gaiters must be worn over suitable trousers and boots and definitely should not be worn with low cut shoes. The zip fastens from the top to the bottom so gravity keeps it zipped. The garment should be worn with the zip on the outside of the leg. One horizontal fastening keeps the garment tight around the ankle. A strap under the boot keeps the garment in position vertically, stopping the garment from riding up the leg. The elastic strap has a very hard wearing cover. They’re built tough.

We cannot claim that the product is “snake-proof”. There are too many variables involved for us to claim this. Nor can we guarantee that a snake may not strike the body above the top of the garment, although it would be unlikely from most Australian snakes. It should be noted that even when wearing this prod­uct, common sense should still apply and the wearer should still avoid contact with any venomous species. Snakeprotex is designed to prevent a snake’s fangs penetrating through to the skin.

Snakeprotex™ unique protective construction

Snakeprotex' unique protective construction

SNAKE BITE KITS

While the perception remains that snake bite incidents occur in rural areas, it has been found that nearly half of incidents occur in urban environments. Always be prepared with Regulator! This Small Snake Bite Kit features AEROFORM bandages, specially developed in conjunction with the Australian Venom Council for assured quality!

Features:

  • Regulator essentials
  • Model: Small Snake Bite Kit
  • Designed for 1 person
  • Perfect as an outdoor kit
  • Kit includes:
    • 1 x AEROBAND triangular bandage (110 x 110 x 155cm)
    • 1 x AEROPAD low adherent dressings (5 x 5cm)
    • 2 x AEROFORM HW conforming bandage (10cm x 4m)
    • 1 x First aid leaflet
  • Dimensions (approx. cm): 11.5 x 8.5 (L x W)

For more information or to get your workplace snake season prepared contact Industroquip Safety & Signage now on 1300 554 192 or click here to view our range of products

Industroquip Safety & Signage also have large stocks of snake bite bandages.


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