Venomous Spiders: Recommendations for Employers & Workers
Employers should protect their workers from spider bites by training them on:
- Their risk of exposure to spiders
- How to identify spiders
- How to prevent exposure to spiders
- What they should do if they are bitten by a spider
Workers can take the following preventive steps:
- Inspect or shake out any clothing, shoes, towels, or equipment before use.
- Wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, hat, gloves, and boots when handling stacked or undisturbed piles of materials.
- Minimize the empty spaces between stacked materials.
- Remove and reduce debris and rubble from around the outdoor work areas.
- Trim or eliminate tall grasses from around outdoor work areas.
- Store apparel and outdoor equipment in tightly closed plastic bags.
- Keep your tetanus boosters up-to-date (every 10 years). Spider bites can become infected with tetanus spores.
Page last reviewed: May 31, 2018
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health