Preventing Scorpion Stings – Safety Topic

Preventing Scorpion Stings – Safety Topic

preventing-scorpion-stingsScorpions generally hide during the day and are most active at night. They tend to hide under rocks, wood, and any other items lying on the ground. They are predominately found in the Southern and Southwestern United States in dry, desert areas.

Preventing Scorpion Stings

  • Inspect or shake out any shoes, clothing and gloves before use
  • Wear leather gloves
  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Workers with a history of severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings should consider carrying an auto epinephrine injector (EpiPen) and should wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace stating their allergy.

Scorpion Sting First Aid

Workers should take the following steps if stung by a scorpion:

  • Contact a qualified health care provider or poison control center for advice and medical instructions
  • Ice may be applied directly to the sting site, however do not immerse the affected limb in ice water.
  • Remain relaxed and calm
  • Do not take any sedatives
  • Capture the scorpion for identification if safe and possible to do so

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Work SAFE.