According to OSHA, approximately 85% of the general population will develop an allergic reaction if exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac. Workers need to recognize the hazards and avoid contact with these potentially harmful plants.
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.
Don't assume everyone learned what poison ivy looks like in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. It's very easy to mistake poison ivy for a beautiful vine growing up the side of a brick wall. Obviously, those workers in the landscaping industry need to be particularly careful, but anyone working outdoors could potentially come in contact with poisonous plants without realizing it. How to recognize poison ivy, oak and sumac as well as what to do if you or your clothes come in contact with it, should be the topic of a safety meeting at least once a year. A good time to have this safety meeting is in the Spring or Summer when these plants are prevalent. During the safety huddle on this topic, make sure the following points are emphasized.
Preventing contact with harmful plants is the greatest safety precaution that workers can take.
Harmful plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac release a hazardous oil called urushiol, which is highly allergic to most humans.
Weeklysafety.com is giving away 10 free safety topics, no credit card required! Take advantage and grab your free set of safety meeting topics today by clicking the button below.
A membership to Weeklysafety.com comes at a very low price that never goes up no matter how many employees you have and no matter how many awesome safety topics you use. Included in your membership are hundreds of safety topics that you can use for your safety meetings, toolbox talks and safety moments.
Take a look at our website to learn more about everything that comes with a Weeklysafety.com membership. Click below to learn more today!
Download this free report today and get inspired to improve your workplace safety program!