It's flu season! And companies across the country need to be ready. It's imperative that we learn how to reduce the spread of the flu in our workplaces.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), workers in the healthcare field should be especially careful! In this field, many workers complete tasks like specimen analysis, aerosol-generating procedures, direct patient care and other dangerous tasks. These tasks are also performed in a number of setting, including both in- and out-patient care, schools, correctional institutions and industrial workplaces.
According to recent research, the 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses
Our Charlotte workers' compensation attorneys understand that there are a number of ways that you can prevent fly transmission. Some of these preventative measures include getting vaccinated, following the proper steps for cough and hygiene etiquette, staying home if you're sick, following all infection control practices in your work place and using surgical masks, gloves, gowns and other protective equipment when needed.
The truth of the matter is that pandemic flu continues to be a concern for employees and employers across the country. One of these pandemics can happen at any time,
The pandemic in 2009 was considered by HHS/CDC to be mild but it still created a number of challenges for employers and showed that many of our country's workplaces weren't prepared.
How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace during a Pandemic:
-If you're feeling sick, stay home. You don't want to spread the condition.
-Make sure that you're washing your hands often. Wash with water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
-Try not to touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
-When coughing, be sure to cover your mouth.
-Wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
-Try not to work within close quarters of others. Try to keep a 6-foot space.
-Avoid shaking hands. If you have to, wash your hands afterward.
-If you're wearing gloves on the job, be sure to wash your hands once you take them off.
-Surfaces that are touched often, like the phones, computers or door handles, should be cleaned frequently.
-Try to stay away from other workers' desks and personal items.
-Make sure all meeting and common rooms are properly ventilated.
-Keep unnecessary individuals out of the work place.
-Make sure your living health. Make sure you have a healthy diet, you're getting enough exercise and you're getting plenty of rest.