Ragwort: Guidance on the disposal options for common ragwort (PB11050)

Handling ragwort

Ragwort is a toxic plant and suitable precautions must be taken when handling both live and dead plants. Hands must be protected by wearing sturdy waterproof gardening type gloves. Arms and legs should also be covered. A facemask6 should be used to avoid the inhalation of ragwort pollen or other airborne particles.

If ragwort comes into contact with bare skin, the area should be thoroughly washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and dried.

6 The Health & Safety Executive recommends using a half face mask particle respirator confirming to BS EN 149:2001

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