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Brush Clearing Leads to Rash

Crew members were assigned to work at a Recreational Park and remove plant materials and debris from the edge of ponds near the roadway. This area had previously been identified as containing poison ivy. The Operations Manager chose his personnel with this knowledge and selected crew members that had worked around poison ivy without allergic reaction in the past. Most of the material and debris was picked up using pitch forks to keep the workers from handling it.  There were some that had too many branches that one of the crew members decided to use his hands and arms to pick it up. Two days had passed and the crew member that picked up the debris manually noticed he had a rash develop on his arms and stomach area.


Factors to consider at your site or on your project include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    The crew member said he washed his clothes, but forgot to wash his gloves and boots.  Try to remove any contaminated clothing without touching the affected area to your skin.

2.   Report exposures immediately, prompt reporting can eliminate the possibility of the condition worsening.

Consider this example as you complete today‚Äôs work activities. 

Think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.

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