Dont Touch Me!

You can't see them, but you might be able to outsmart them. Here are some tips to help slow down those germs that spread infections and make "holes" in the employee attendance records.

Individuals can slow the spread of infections, primarily by staying healthy. That means a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep. But there are other ways to lessen the spread of infections too. One of the best is frequent hand washing—all you need is soap and warm water—and to wash, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Also, when you are out in public, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which are potential routes of entry.

Other tips to help stop the spread of germs? When you have a cold or flu, stay home so you don't spread it to other people. The old rule of covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing still applies, but be sure to use a tissue so you can throw it away.

A workplace can proactively help in prevention of infectious illnesses by implementing an infection control plan. This plan should include ensuring proper ventilation, and providing clean facilities for hand washing. If washing facilities are not possible or if workers are on the road, waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used. If a very bad cold or flu is making its way through the office, you can also try to reduce the number of things that get touched by other people—ask people to not share mugs or dishes, and remove magazines and papers from waiting areas or common rooms.

Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

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