Animals, insects, plant, fungi, bacteria and viruses can be health hazards for workers, ranging from minor dermatitis to life-threatening diseases. Many of these hazards are found in outdoor work. Simple precautions will prevent most harmful effects. If exposure occurs at work, most of the hazards listed (except bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and wood dust) are covered by the rule: Protect employees from biological agents – WAC 296-800-11045

From Animals or Insects

Anthrax

Avian Flu (bird Flu, bird influenza)

Hantavirus

Histoplasmosis (from bird or bat droppings)

Lyme Disease

Parrot Fever (Psittacosis)

Plague

Tularemia

Venomous animals & insects

West Nile virus

Zika Virus

From Plants, Soil, and Molds

Poison Oak & Poison Ivy

Hop Dust

Cannabis (Marijuana)

Molds and Mildew

Wood dust

Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Cryptococcus gattii

From Humans

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Training

Other Resources

Videos

Bioterrorism Agents

Ebola

Tuberculosis

Policies & Guidelines

Influenza (Flu)