Poisonous Plants is
the Topic of Oct. 16 CONN-OSHA Roundtable
For immediate release
October 10, 2007
Poison ivy and poison sumac are the plants that most often come to mind when
outdoor workers and gardeners in Connecticut think about vegetation that they’d
do well to steer clear of when undertaking brush-clearing and landscaping
Those attending the
Oct. 16 breakfast roundtable meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of
Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will also learn
about a newcomer on the list -- a little known plant named the “Giant Hogweed”
that can be painful and irritating to individuals who come in contact with it.
workshop, titled “Poisonous Plants in Connecticut,” will feature Kenneth
Neumann, a Health & Safety Administrator with the Connecticut Department of
Environmental Protection. The session will be held from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the
agency's Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield.
“Giant Hogweed, a
relative newcomer to our area, is known as a ‘Federal Noxious Weed,’ noted John
Able, CONN-OSHA Training Officer who oversees the breakfast roundtable series.
“It is a member of the carrot or parsley family, but the sale, propagation or
transportation of the plant is illegal in the United States.”
Found in moist soil
along roadside ditches, streambeds and waste ground, and open wooded areas, the
tall and majestic-looking plant is a public health hazard because of its
potential to cause severe skin irritation to susceptible people. Its sap
produces painful, burning blisters within 24 to 48 hours after contact. Plant
juices can also produce red blotches that later develop into purplish or
brownish scars that can persist for several years.
Also continuing this month, Able said, will be the roundtable discussion portion
of the program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit
a question for discussion and attendees will be invited to share their thoughts
on the issue.
Admission to the
roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the
breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please call (860) 263-6902,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535