Pandemic flu remains a concern for workers and employers. A pandemic can occur
at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. The precautions identified in
this guidance provide a baseline for workplace precautions during a seasonal
flu outbreak, but they may not be enough to protect you during a pandemic.
Your employer's pandemic flu plan should be based on a "worst-case scenario -
one in which the virus causes severe illness and death in larger numbers of
people. Planning for the worst-case ensures that employers will have the right
type of equipment and enough of it on hand to protect you. It also ensures that
employers have planned for additional control options so that they can pick the
right combination for the specific pandemic flu virus. You may have additional
planning considerations too. For example, you may need to think about what
you'll do if schools and daycare facilities are closed.
Prepare your workplace to avoid flu outbreaks by taking a few precautions
recommended by the US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The best way to reduce risk of viral exposure is to follow basic rules of
hygiene, like frequent and proper hand-washing, and reminding those who are
sick to stay home. OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also
highly recommend workers get a flu shot to reduce the chance of suffering the
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration