Avoid the Sting: Keep Workers Safe from Insects

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There are many hazards that outdoor workers face during the summer months. In addition to those hazards related to the heat and extremely hot weather, workers also have to deal with insects that can inflict harm.

Stinging insects, such as bumble bees, wasps and hornets, can cause just temporary injury most of the time. But sometimes, insect stings can be serious.

Oftentimes, a sting can cause pain, swelling, itching and redness where the sting has occurred, according to CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety). Typically, if a mild allergic reaction occurs, it lasts a few days.

There is the possibility of a more severe reaction, which can cause anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock). Symptoms include hives, itching and swelling in areas other than the sting site; swollen eyes and eyelids; and wheezing. Shock and cardiac arrest are among many other additional symptoms.

CCOHS suggests not working in an area where these insects are seen. But if you must, follow these tips before beginning work in that location.

  • Check for signs of activity or a hive or nest. If you see a number of insects flying around, check to see if they are entering/exiting from the same place. If so, it is probably a nest or food source.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and closed-toed boots or shoes. Tape pant legs to boots/socks, and sleeves to your gloves. Consider wearing an extra layer of clothing.
  • Power tools (lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws) aggravate insects. Be aware that tools can provoke insects and cause them to swarm.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit http://www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

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