T&D News 2008 Number 2

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Safety and Health

Bees, Wasps, and Ants: First Aid Tips for Field Employees

Stinging and biting insects can be more than a nuisance if an employee has an allergic reaction and adequate treatment is not readily available.

This picture is a close-up of a wasp resting on what appears to be a wasp nest.Forest Service first aid kits no longer contain epinephrine. Employees who know they have insect allergies should get a prescription for epinephrine and carry an epinephrine kit when working in the field. The tech tip "Insect Stings and Bites: Basic Information About Bees, Wasps, and Ants" (0867–2331–MTDC) includes information about insect behavior, nest locations, and how employees can help provide first aid for insect stings and bites.

For more information, contact Bob Beckley, project leader (phone: 406-329-3996; e-mail: rbeckley@fs.fed.us).

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