Wash Hands Often
Wash Hands, especially before eating, after using the restroom and after being outside. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds (sing the birthday song). This is the minimum recommended time to get your hands clean. It is also important to dry your hands with a clean, fresh towel.
* Keep Hand Sanitizing stations and disinfectant wipes throughout your facilities for easy access to employees and visitors
The flu virus can spread fast so get vaccinated. You can get vaccinated for H1N1 and the seasonal flu in the same shot.
* Encourage all employees to get the flu shot. Offer an incentive or reimbursement program for those that do.
Cough or Sneeze Into Your Elbow
One sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets into the air at more than 100 MPH. So if you don't have a tissue handy, use the inner part of your sleeve at the elbow. Do your part to help reduce the fast spread of germs.
* Keep facial tissue handy throughout your facilities to help decrease the chances of spreading germs quickly.
Stay Home if Sick
Don't get your workplace sick because you have to prove how "tough" you were. The work will wait.
* Implement a program to protect your workplace from spreading germs.
* Encourage all employees to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms. Fever, cough, runny nose, aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea in some cases.