The swine flu pandemic has had an impact on work and business. If the health of employees is affected by H1N1 influenza infection it can have critical effect on the continued operations of a business. In general, business operations require close contact with other people. Hence special considerations are needed to prevent the spread of H1N1 influenza infection.
Planning for swine flu control: Measures that non-healthcare employers should take to decrease the risk of infection with H1N1 flu in the workplace and to help maintain business continuity are essential.
Actions that Employers Should Take
Educate employees on hygiene: Encourage good hygiene measures among the employees and at work place such as;
Measures to protect employees at higher risk for complications of influenza: Measures to protect employ. Measures to protect employees at higher risk for complications of influenza should be taken at any business place. Employees at high risk include pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions such as chronic lung disease (such as asthma), heart disease, diabetes, or diseases that suppress the immune system. These employees should be advised to:
Measures to deal with employee absenteeism:
Monitor for absenteeism at the workplace and have measures to deal with absenteeism at the workplace to continue your essential functions. Cross-training of employees in essential functions to ensure that work continues even if key staff is absent is crucial.
Measures to take before an employee travels:
Advise workers to monitor fever and any other signs of influenza-like illness before commencing any travel. Encourage employees not to travel when they are ill and inform the concerned supervisor.
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