How to Stay Healthy and Safe in the Workplace
Updated: Mar 18
When outbreaks occur, it's important to take the proper precautions to stay healthy and safe. People with preexisting medical conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely sick. These are some ways to protect your workplace from virus outbreaks:
1. Encourage sick employees to stay home. If feverish, do not return to the workplace until temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) for at least 24 hours.
2. Try to remain as low-contact as possible, using social distancing techniques. This includes using telephone, video conferencing or the internet to conduct as much business as possible (including within the same building), allow employees to work from home, or to work flexible hours to avoid peak public transportation times or crowding the workplace.
3. Keep the workplace squeaky clean; routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, counter tops and doorknobs.
4. Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette; cover your mouth and nose entirely with a tissue or your upper sleeve, without using your hands.
5. Wash your hands with warm water and soap periodically throughout the day, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Don't forget to wash the backs of your hands and under your nails.
6. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers available, but do not substitute hand sanitizer for washing your hands.
If flu-like symptoms persist, see a doctor.