If your employees travel often or work outdoors, they 'stand a good chance of encountering snakes, spiders, scorpions and other animals like dogs, which can result in potentially harmful effects on your employees,' warns health and safety expert Sven Marcus in the Health and Safety Advisor.
That's why it's essential you identify employees who are at potential risk of injury from bites and stings, so you can administer awareness training from outdoor health hazards like this.
Here's what your workplace safety awareness training should contain…
According to the Health and Safety Advisor you must train your employees to prevent bites and stings by:
What to do if your employee is stung or bitten while working outdoors
Treat any incident as an emergency and get the employee to the nearest doctor or hospital for immediate treatment, advises Marcus. While you do, administer first aid treatment to stop any bleeding, treat shock or immobilise any broken bones.
By understanding that health and safety risks consist of more than the usual suspects – fires, pollution and workplace incidents – you'll be able to put together a health and safety procedure in place to train your staff on possible outdoor health hazards like bites and stings.