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NIOSH fast facts: protecting yourself from poisonous plants.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-118, 2010 Apr; :1-2
Any person working outdoors is at risk of exposure to poisonous plants, such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. When in contact with skin, the sap oil (urushiol) of these plants can cause an allergic reaction. Burning these poisonous plants produces smoke that, when inhaled, can cause lung irritation.
Outdoors; Occupational-exposure; Plants; Poison-control; Poisons; Control-methods; Environmental-exposure; Skin-exposure; Skin-irritants; Plant-oils; First-aid; Allergic-reactions; Lung-irritants; Poison-gases; Protective-clothing; Protective-coatings; Protective-equipment; Respirators; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-protective-equipment
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-118
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division