Anybody can be at risk of poisonous plants when working or spending time outside. Employees may be exposed to the toxins from direct contact or inhalation of the particles. You may also be at risk through non direct contact with any tools or items that the poisonous plant has touched.
Employees may develop skin rashes, swelling, itching, and physical manifestations such as bumps or blisters. It is important to be well educated on the first aid procedures in case of an emergency at the workplace or at home.
Here are some safety first aid procedures:
If you are exposed to a poisonous plant:
In severe cases or if the rash is on the face, seek professional medical attention.
Call 999 or go to a hospital emergency room if you have a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, or have had a severe reaction in the past.
To minimise the danger around possible poisonous plants, wear long sleeves, trousers and gloves. After use, you should wash each tool with rubbing alcohol, and do not burn plants or brush piles that may contain poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. Make sure to always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and stay cautious.
Employers should include working outside in their risk assessments developed on the iProtectU health and safety software.
iProtectU provides work environment inspection forms and allows a user to create, edit and document a risk assessment covering working around poisonous plants.
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