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Safety Tips | Disease | Office safety | 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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