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Venomous Snakes: Employer & Worker Recommendations


Employer Recommendations

Employers should protect their workers from venomous snake bites by training them about:

  • their risk of being bitten by venomous snakes,
  • how to identify venomous snakes,
  • how to prevent snake bites, and
  • what they should do if they see a snake or if a snake bites them.

Worker Recommendations

Workers should take these steps to prevent a snake bite:

  • Do not touch or handle any snake.
  • Stay away from tall grass and piles of leaves when possible.
  • Avoid climbing on rocks or piles of wood where a snake may be hiding.
  • Be aware that snakes tend to be most active at dawn and dusk and in warm weather.
  • Wear boots and long pants when working outdoors. Even denim jeans may prevent some, although not all, bites by smaller snakes.
  • Wear leather gloves when handling brush and debris.