For certain workers, there can be a very real opportunity to encounter venomous snakes. Any of the following work could expose individuals to the dangers of snakes while on the job.
OSHA Standard 1926.21(b)(4) says that in job site areas where harmful plants or animals are present, employees who may be exposed shall be instructed regarding the potential hazards, and how to avoid injury, and the first aid procedures to be used in the event of injury.
Copperhead snakes vary in color from reddish to golden tan with hourglass-shaped bands on their body. Adult copperheads are usually 18-36 inches long. Copperheads are often found in wooded area, forests, among rocks, or near sources of water like swamps, rivers, streams or ponds. Copperhead snakes are not usually aggressive and will often freeze in place and remain motionless until the threat passes.
Workers are more likely to be bitten when they unknowingly step on or very close to a copperhead. Copperheads can be found in Eastern states as far west as Texas.
When covering the dangers of snake encounters during your safety meeting, make sure to emphasize these important points:
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