WorkSafeNB issued a hazard alert on giant hogweed, a noxious weed whose sap can cause skin irritation, blisters and blindness. When working near or with this hazardous plant, workers should :
- Wear protective clothing, including waterproof gloves, long sleeve shirts, pants, and eye protection. Ideally, they should wear a disposable “spray suit” coverall on top of their normal clothing.
- Avoid touching their eyes or wiping the sap on other parts of their body or clothes.
- If skin comes into contact with the sap, wash immediately with soap and water, avoid sunlight exposure and seek medical treatment.
- If contact is made with the eyes, flush immediately with water and seek medical treatment.