June 20, 2017
With summer in full swing, many Ontarians are welcoming the warmer days. But working outdoors also presents many hazards. Working where it is hot can put you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Workers in certain areas are also at risk for infections that come from tick bites (such as Lyme disease); infections that come from mosquito bites (such as West Nile virus); and severe skin and eye reactions from handling of hazardous plants (such as Giant Hogweed).

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) has a series of tips and videos on their website that inform outdoor workers on the potential dangers and how to deal with potential issues.

Heat stress
Tick bites and Lyme disease
West Nile virus
Hazardous plants
Sun safety
 

Other resources:

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) article on avoiding heat stress.