Flu season can strike a workplace hard


Things you can do to minimize the spread of influenza (flu) in our university work places:

  • Take proper care of personal protective equipment, regularly replacing disposable PPE, and properly cleaning and disinfecting reusable equipment.
  • Wash your hands often: use soap under water and rub hands together vigorously for up to 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose during coughing and sneezing or use a tissue and dispose of used tissues in a waste can.
  • Avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Do not use co-worker’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.
  • 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.