Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on August 5th, 2022

As with any workplace hazard, a risk assessment should be conducted to figure out whether insect bites and stings are a particular risk for workers in that environment. If insects such as wasps or bees are frequently found in your workplace, there may be nests nearby. Insect infestations should be dealt with by professionals (i.e. pest control).

Because of the rapidly changing climate, assessments should be conducted on a regular basis so that the companys safety program and emergency planning are properly updated.

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Invest in equipment such as insect repellant (and make sure that it is approved and applied properly). Encourage workers to wear appropriate clothing for example, workers who are at risk of tick bites will want to wear sleeves and trousers to prevent exposed skin. Employers can also invest in equipment such as netting or screens to minimize contact between insects and workers.

Educate workers on how to properly handle the threat of insects. Should they be swatting at them? What to do if the insect gets trapped in a vehicle or if a worker disturbs an ant hill or a wasps nest? This is basic knowledge necessary for any worker who is frequently in contact with insects. In addition, workers should also be educated on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.

More here:
Four ways to protect workers from insect bites and stings - Canadian Occupational Safety

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