Safety Focus of the Week: Poisonous Plants (Revisited)
As a young person, I experienced rather severe allergic reactions to poison ivy on a yearly basis, and sometimes even multiple times in a summer. I can tell you that it can severely restrict your social life and even effect your ability to work. In my later teenage years I got a series of allergy shots that thankfully eliminated the severe reactions. Regardless, I am still very cautious around areas where I suspect poison ivy.
Since working outside is our work, we all need to be aware of our potential exposure to a variety of poisonous plants: poison ivy, poison sumac, and wild parsnip.
An informative resource is the CDC/NIOSH website: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/plants/
This reference includes information on plant identification, exposure routes, prevention, symptoms, and first aid treatment for exposure to the plants.