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Poisonous Plants Alert
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:13:05 PM




Wild Parsnip
Poison Sumac
Stinging Nettle
Giant Hogweed
Poison Ivy


ALERT [Printable Version]

Coming in contact with plants that are poisonous while working outside company operations.

This information shall be considered by employers with outside operations. Many people are familiar with poison ivy, now with the environmental changes there are many more plants that are to be avoided when out in gardens, parks and work sites which are more toxic such as Giant Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Stinging Nettles and Poison Sumac which now can be found in many Canadian localities. They can cause severe blisters, burns and if sap enters the eye, blindness.

While not all seasonal risks can be eliminated,providing education like this will help, training, personal protective equipment and appropriate supervision can help workers stay safe this summer.

Email j.hennessy@rogers.com to receive more information on how to reduce the risk to employees. Your employer shall provide training and information including personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce risk to you while working outside.