Flu season at the workplace

Here are actions that all of us can do to minimize the spread of the flu in our university workplace:

  • Take proper care of personal protective equipment, regularly replacing disposable equipment 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 bin.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Do not use a coworker’s work tools, desk, phone or computer.
  • 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 six 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. 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.