When the CDC has an entire page dedicated to these little guys, then avoidance is probably the best policy. If employees are working outdoors or in any area where ticks could be present, it would be a good idea to have an annual safety meeting on how to work safely.
Often overlooked, injuries and deaths due to bees, spiders, and other insects are a concern that companies should manage as seriously as any other hazard in the workplace. Fatal on-the-job injuries do occur as a result of bites and stings from insects and spiders.
If employees are working outdoors or in any area where ants, insects, bees, wasps, ticks or spiders could be present, it would be a good idea to have an annual safety meeting on insects, bees & spiders. Topics should include how to recognize and avoid potential areas where insects may be lurking, what clothing is best to wear in the working environment, reminders to keep work areas clean and basic first aid tips if any employee is bitten or stung.
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.
When employers think of safety meeting topic idea, they don't often consider having a safety meeting about ticks. But at least once a year, if employees are working in environments where they could be exposed to ticks while on the job, it would be a good idea to go over these important points with the team.
Learn more at http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/
The National Alliance of Safe Pest Control has great guides and resources at pests.org to learn more about specific aspects of pests and the threat they present, including common tick-borne diseases that you should be sure to protect yourself against while on the job.
If ticks are a concern for you and your family, consider adding plants that repel ticks to your home environment, both indoors and outdoors.
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