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:
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.
exposures immediately, prompt reporting can eliminate the possibility of the
Consider this example
as you complete today’s work activities.
Think about the hazards
associated with your particular
work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.