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Flu season can strike a workplace hard

Things you can do to minimize the spread of influenza at the university.

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.