05.12.2017

Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu

The US-Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers information about
how to reduce the spread of the flu in workplaces. It provides information on
basic precautions that should be used by employers and workers in all
workplaces, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with
a tissue.

OSHA provides additional precautions that should be used in healthcare
settings, such as strictly following infection control practices; using gloves,
gowns, and other protective equipment to reduce exposures; and encouraging sick
workers to stay home.

Pandemic flu remains a concern for employers and workers. A pandemic can occur
at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. Although the pandemic H1N1
flu in 2009 was considered to be mild, it created significant challenges for
employers and workers and showed that many workplaces were not prepared. The
precautions identified in the resources below give a baseline for infection
controls during a seasonal flu outbreak, but may not be enough to protect
workers during a pandemic. Therefore additional information on pandemic flu
planning is presented.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration