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    Safety Tips | Disease | Office safety | Seasonal safety: Fall | Seasonal safety: Winter | Wellness | Workplace exposure

    Help stop the spread of flu at work

    January 7, 2014

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    Flu season can strike a workplace hard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists steps employers can take to help minimize the spread of flu:

    • Take proper care of personal protective equipment, regularly replacing disposable PPE, and properly cleaning and disinfecting reusable equipment.
    • Instruct workers on protective behaviors such as proper handwashing; cough etiquette; and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Discourage workers from using one another’s work tools, desks, phones or computers.
    • Minimize the number of group meetings; instead, communicate through email or phone calls.
    • When meetings are necessary, ensure the meeting space is properly ventilated and that workers are not required to be within 6 feet of one another.
    • Limit unnecessary visitors in the workplace.
    • Encourage workers to get a seasonal influenza vaccination.

    OSHA offers additional recommendations for workers:

    • Stay home when sick.
    • Avoid shaking hands, and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
    • If wearing gloves, wash your hands after removing them.
    • Practice a healthy lifestyle. Get adequate rest, follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly to help maintain physical and emotional health.

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