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Tick-Borne Diseases: Occupational Health Toolkit

Ticks are small, insect-like creatures most often found in naturally vegetated areas. Ticks feed by attaching to animals and humans, sticking their mouthparts into the skin, and sucking blood for up to several days.

There are many different kinds of ticks in California, but only six kinds are known to commonly bite humans. Sometimes these ticks carry germs like bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to a person while the tick is attached and feeding. Avoiding tick bites is the best way to avoid getting these diseases.

This toolkit contains occupational health information to educate workers whose job sites or duties could put them at risk for exposure to tick-borne diseases. The toolkit information is also useful for those who live or recreate in areas where ticks may be present.

The information in the toolkit materials is designed to help the user know:

  • What types of workers are at risk for tick bites
  • How to prevent tick bites in the workplace
  • How to identify a tick
  • How to remove a tick if bitten ​​​

Tools in the Toolkit


Three videos are available on the California Department of Public Health­ YouTube website:
1. Protecting Yourself from Ticks Where You Work This 12 minute 30 second video can be used as a training tool in a group setting or can be viewed by individuals.
 2. The Western Blacklegged Tick Surveillance and Identification This 3 minute 40 second video, produced for the United States Forest Service, vector control agencies, environmental and public health departments, and the general public, demonstrates how Vector-Borne Disease Section biologists conduct tick surveillance (flagging) and identify adult female, adult male, and nymphal western blacklegged ticks, the vector for Lyme disease in California.
 3. California Work Place Tick Bite Prevention This 2 minute 24 second video, produced for the United States Forest Service, vector control agencies, environmental and public health departments, and other worksites, describes how to prevent tick bites through proper repellent use, permethrin treatment of clothing, and tick-checks during and after being in tick habitat.


Ticks in the Workplace Fact Sheet (PDF). This article is specifically for outdoor workers, their supervisors, and workplace safety personnel.



Protect Yourself from Ticks Where You Work (PDF). This 11 in. by 17 in. poster focuses on tick-bite prevention in the workplace. 


Ordering Information:

The following materials are available, while supplies last, free of charge from the California Department of Public Health, Vector-Borne Disease Section: 
Click here to email an order. Please include the quantity of each item requested, contact name, organization name (if applicable), street mailing address, and phone number. Most materials will be sent out within two weeks. ​ ​​ 
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