Employee Safety: Bee Stings

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Employee safety is an essential part of delivering on your mission. Not only is it important to keep your teams safe for their own sake, but employee injuries can also impact your ability to serve your members and guests. These employee safety documents are designed to keep you informed on important employee safety topics. They can also be used to generate discussion at staff meetings to empower your staff to not only keep your members safe, but to keep themselves and their co-workers safe, too.


As seasons transition and camp is in full swing, it is vital that employees are protecting themselves from the potential dangers of bees. This guide will help employees prevent attracting bees and getting stung.

Feet

  • Protect your feet on lawns–If you step on or near a bee, it will try and protect itself and will likely sting you.

Smells

  • Avoid fragrances like: hair spray, scented soaps, lotions and oils. Bees can detect and follow strong scents.
  • Wearing perfume or cologne will attract nectar-seeking bees and wasps from a distance.
  • Bees communicate through smell–they're likely to investigate by landing on you or buzzing around your body.

Food

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks that will attract bees and wasps.
  • Check cans before taking a drink and watch out for fruits.
  • Try not to leave peels or pits sitting around.
  • Rinse out garbage and recycling cans and remember to keep the lids on.

Movement

  • Keep calm—hold still.
  • Tell kids to pretend they’re statues.
  • Bees communicate through movement, and they will react if they feel threatened.

Clothes

  • Avoid bright colored clothing, particularly floral patterns.
  • Bee eyes see in the ultraviolet range. If the pattern lights up under black light, it is particularly interesting to bees.
  • Loose fitting clothes offer easy openings to trap bees against your skin. Your first reaction to wiggle or slap may be an open invitation for a sting.

Nests

  • Leave bee and wasp nests alone. Nothing makes a stinging insect angrier than when someone disturbs or destroys its home.
  • Professional beekeepers or pest control experts can remove wasp, hornet or bee nests safely, without putting you at risk for stings.

If an employee is stung, it is important to note that a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to bee stings is potentially life-threatening. Anaphylactic reactions happen fast and symptoms are typically the most serious within 30 minutes of exposure. Contact 911 immediately for emergency treatment.

Please contact your Redwoods consultant for more information.

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