M&S Engineering is dedicated to protecting the safety and health of its employees. We have established a safety and health program to prevent injuries and illnesses due to hazards. Employee involvement at all levels of the company is critical for us to be successful in this effort and to create an effective safety culture.

Our goal is to promote a pro-active environment that will effectively identify and manage risk through recognition, evaluation, and education. We strive to remain in compliance with federal, state, and local safety and health regulations as well as the latest professional practices to ensure every worker goes home safely.

Ken Means - Safety Manager

Safety Tailgate Topics

Volume 8, Issue 3


Welcome to the Zanfel Zone! As always, Zanfel Laboratories is here to provide you with important information on plant identification, prevention, and treatment.

Working Around Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Tips for reducing exposures and misery:

  1. Plant Identification. In the US, there are two species of poison ivy and two species of poison oak. The shape of the plants’ leaves can vary widely from one place to the next. Be suspicious of any climbing vine that uses aerial roots to attach to trees. (For free copies of Zanfel’s education resources on plant ID, please click on the “Want To Learn More” link)
  2. Remember that all parts of the plant are toxic. The plants’ toxin, urushiol, is an oil that is found not only in the leaves, but also in the vines, aerial roots, stems, and roots. Running a chainsaw through a poison ivy stem or vine can spray your skin and clothing with urushiol, the plants’ rash inducing oil.
  3. It only takes about 60 minutes for urushiol oil to absorb into the skin. If exposure is suspected, wash the exposed skin ASAP with soap and cool water to remove as much unabsorbed urushiol as possible. If it has been more than 60 minutes, the urushiol is already in your skin and “regular” soap and water is no longer effective.