Promote general hygiene and hand hygiene in particular, in the workplace.
Position hand sanitisers at entry points (e.g. receptions) into the workplace for employees, customers and visitors.
Provide appropriate facilities for hand washing in washrooms and hand sanitising away from washrooms.
Give clear advice to employees about what to do if they have flu like symptoms.
Give clear advice to employees who have children or other family members they care for, who may have influenza (including H1N1 swine flu).
Deb recommends employees should:
Keep up to date with public health advice:
Check websites such as the CDC, WHO and Department of Health as they will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
Ask your employer for advice to help prevent the spread of germs in your workplace.
Take everyday actions to stay healthy
Sneeze or cough in to sleeve/elbow, or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the bin after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and when visiting the bathroom.
Alcohol-based hand sanitisers should be used where there is no convenient access to hand washing facilities e.g. at your desk or work station and when on-the-move.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to help prevent the spread of germs.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Health authorities recommend you stay at home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to avoid infecting others and spreading the virus further.
Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.