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Summer Outdoor Work Hazards & How to Keep Employees Who Work Outside Safe

  • Mediterranean Party Center 25021 Rockside Road Bedford Heights, OH, 44146 United States (map)


Brenda Jacklitsch, PhD

Health Scientist with the Education & Informational Division

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Summer outdoor work hazards such as the sun, insect bites and poisonous plants can create several problems for your employees.  Did you know a common denominator of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the U.S. is working outdoors?  In some types of work, danger is a part of the job description, but being outdoors daily lends itself to less obvious risks that still can have potentially deadly threats. 

 Ms. Jacklitsch will discuss the risks of sun exposure and heat stress; the exposure to infectious insects such as mosquitoes and ticks that have the potential to be carriers of devastating diseases, and venomous snakes and spiders.  Many workers may also be exposed to poisonous plants that may cause an allergic reaction.  There are numerous other hazards that outdoor workers may have to contend with depending on their job duties and the location of their jobsite.

 Brenda Jacklitsch was the lead project officer for the NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments. In addition, she had developed a variety of educational materials related to outdoor worker hazards. Most recently, she was involved in the redesign and update of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app, which calculates the heat index and provides recommendations for outdoor workers. Dr. Jacklitsch has a PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s in Epidemiology and a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.

Reservations are required for this meeting.   Register below and  you can chose to  pay online or pay at the door.  The cost for members is $22 and $27 for non-members.  For those who chose to pay at the door, you may pay only by cash or check; no credit cards will be accepted.  All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancelation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.   

IMPORTANT – For your organization to receive credit for attending the meeting you must stay until the end.   If you leave early, your organization may not receive credit for the meeting.                    

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