Insect-borne diseases are now one of the top risks for outdoor workers. Insect transmitted diseases have become one of the fastest growing epidemics to date. Those most at risk are outdoor workers. Currently, US industry spends billions of dollars every year in outfitting workers in FR clothing, but most organizations do little to nothing to protect workers from insect-borne disease. Every day, thousands of these company employees are exposed to insects that can carry malaria, dengue fever, trypanosomiasis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and other dangerous diseases. Insect Shield work wear can be as essential to workplace safety as high-visibility and fire-resistant clothing. The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame as well as additional protective items such as mosquito nets for use at home.
According to tick expert, Dr. Thomas Mather of Tick Encounter Resource Center, outdoor workers are hugely at risk for encountering ticks. "Outdoor workers should expect that their jobs put them at risk and need to plan accordingly," says Mather. "It is a great opportunity for supervisors and the workers themselves to get educated on how to get the best protection possible. Outdoor workers should definitely be focused on wearing tick-repellent clothing which is proven to dramatically reduce tick encounters and bites," Mather adds.
Studies show a 99% reduction in tick bites for outdoor workers wearing Insect Shield. Insect Shield's EPA-registered technology converts work wear into effective and convenient insect protection that lasts through 70 launderings. Insect Shield apparel products repel ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. The technology is used by internationally recognized brands across a wide array of clothing and gear categories.
About Insect Shield Technology: Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel and Insect Shield® Repellent Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps.
For more detailed information on tick identification,
prevention, and available resources visit Tick Encounter Resource Center
Outdoor Worker Tick Safety interview with Dr. Thomas Mather conducted by Robbin Block