ASSE Issues Alert, Tips Following Deadly Bee Attacks in Florida

The American Society of Safety Engineers is urging employers, employees, and residents to be aware of the danger of aggressive Africanized honey bees following an attack on a woman and her dogs in a South Florida neighborhood. Published reports say a 70-year-old woman was injured recently and her dogs were killed after a swarm of bees attacked them. Later, the bees attacked two other neighborhood dogs killing one. To increase workplace safety for outdoor workers and prevent further attacks, ASSE has reissued a safety tip sheet it developed and a list of resources on bee safety.

"These bees are very dangerous," said ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM. "They multiply quickly, and people should have wild bee hives removed by an authorized pest control vendor or risk injury."

Recommendations in ASSE's "Bee Safe Quick Guide," listing tips from the Texas A&M University honey bee information site, include actions to take if you find bees on your property:

  • Stay away from all honey bee swarms and colonies.
  • Get away from bees as quickly as possible.
  • While running away, protect your face and eyes as much as possible.
  • Take shelter in an enclosed area, such as a car, truck, or building.
  • Call a local beekeeper, pest control company, or local cooperative extension agent for assistance.
  • Do not hide in water or thick brush.
  • Do not stand still and swat at bees; rapid movements will cause them to sting.

The site also has tips for what to do should you get stung. More information on bee safety is available at www.asse.org/newsroom/safetytips/honeybeetips.php.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue