The following article is a short concise summary of the issues businesses and employers should urgently consider in October 2009 to improve health and safety during the H1N1season.
The bullet points are designed to simplify and highlight the most important health and safety issues for your immediate attention and quick action
1. Be Prepared if Schools Dismiss Students or Child Care Programs Close
2. Allow sick workers to stay home without fear of losing their jobs
3. Develop other flexible leave policies to allow workers to stay home to care for sick family members
4. Share your influenza pandemic plan with employees and explain what human resources policies
5. Sick employees at work should be asked to go home
6. Employees should cover coughs and sneezes and N95 Face masks.
7. Improve hand hygiene with handwashing facilities and soaps
8. Clean surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact
9. Encourage employees to get vaccinated
10. Prepare for increased numbers of employee absences
11. Consider active screening of employees who report to work
12. Consider alternative work environments for employees at higher risk
13. Consider increasing social distancing in the workplace
14. Consider canceling non-essential business travel
15. Cross-train employees to cover essential functions
Final Note : Employers should be aware that the severity of 2009 H1N1 influenza could change rapidly The CDC has revised its recommendations to assist businesses and other employers of all sizes. To lower the impact of influenza in the workplace use the above 15 guidelines to:
(a) reduce transmission among staff,
(b) protect people who are at increased risk of influenza related complications from getting infected with influenza
(c) maintain business operations
(d) minimize adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains.
Further information and guidelines can be obtained from
2009 H1N1 Influenza Information
2009 H1N1 Influenza Resources for Businesses and Employers
Worker Safety and Health Guidance for a Pandemic
OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic
CDC/NIOSH Occupational Health Issues Associated with 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus
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