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Insect stings can be painful and sometimes dangerous. In this blog post, we will discuss the risks of contact with stinging insects in the workplace, as well as how to avoid and handle such situations.

Stinging insects are relatively common in the workplace. While most stings are not serious, some can cause severe reactions. Insects that commonly sting humans in Queensland include bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. These insects can sting if they feel threatened or if they are defending their nests.

Signs of a severe reaction to stinging insects:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face or throat
  • Hives
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

If you or a co-worker shows any of these symptoms after being stung by an insect, call 000 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

How to avoid being stung by an insect at work:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when working outdoors.
  • Avoid sweet fragrances, which can attract bees and other insects.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when working near potential nesting sites, such as trees, bushes, and piles of leaves or grass.

What to do if you see a stinging insect or nest:

  • Notify your supervisor and co-workers immediately. 
  • Try to remove yourself from the area where the insect or nest is. 
  • Do not attempt to kill the insect or remove the nest yourself, as this could aggravate the situation and put you at risk.

What to do if you are stung by an insect at work:

  • Remove the stinger if it is still present in the skin.
  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold pack to the area to reduce swelling.
  • Monitor for signs of a severe reaction and seek medical attention if necessary.

What to do if you have a severe insect allergy:

It is important to carry an EpiPen with you at all times. If you are stung by and have any symptoms of a severe reaction, use the EpiPen and then call 000 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

How to keep insects out of your workplace:

  • Keep food and drinks covered when working outdoors.
  • Use insect repellent when working outdoors.
  • Avoid sweet fragrances, which can attract bees and other insects.
  • Keep the workplace clean and free of food scraps or other potential attractants.
  • Inspect the workplace regularly for signs of insect nests. If you find a nest, contact a professional pest control company to have it removed.

Insect stings can be painful and sometimes dangerous, but by taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid being stung at work.

 

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