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Tick Safety for Outdoor Workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) webpage has extensive information on protecting outdoor workers from tick-borne disease.

Workers who spend some or all of their workday outdoors in tick habitat should be reminded to take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry, including:

  • Use an EPA-registered repellent and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing
  • Wear closed shoes or boots, long pants tucked into socks, and a long-sleeved shirt tucked into pants
  • Stay on paths and out of tall grass and brush whenever possible; it may be useful to clear brush and grass or cut vegetation back from paths in areas employees will access frequently
  • Check for ticks on clothing, and flick them off; at the end of each day, check the entire body for ticks, including the scalp and behind ears
  • Know how to safely remove a tick; stock first aid kits with the supplies necessary for proper tick removal
  • Be aware for the signs of tick-borne illness

How We Can Help

The District laboratory provides tick identification, but does NOT test resident-submitted ticks for tick-borne pathogens. Ticks found on a person or pet can be submitted to the San Mateo County Public Health Laboratory for disease testing.

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