TD News, Number 1, 2008 - Internet Web Site: 'http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d'

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Safety and Health

What Is That Itch?

Four photos showing Western poison Ivy, Eastern poison Ivy, Poison oak, and Poison sumac. The tech tip "Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Its Relatives" (0767–2313–MTDC) helps workers recognize and avoid poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Exposure to these plants is one of the hazards facing forest workers throughout most of the United States. This tech tip explains how to identify these plants and describes steps employees should take if they contact them. A lotion, IvyBlock, can help prevent allergic reactions if it is applied at least 15 minutes before exposure.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Davies, project leader (phone: 406–329–3981; e-mail: mdavies@fs.fed.us).


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