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Infection Control & Pandemic Planning

Be “Tick Smart”: Prevent Lyme Disease

Have outdoor workers?  Get ready for the warmer weather by getting “tick smart.” Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick.  They are usually found low to the ground or settled on tall grasses and bushes where they will wait until [...]

Be Bug and Sun Smart during Outdoor Summer Activities

Here are some tips to consider when your employees are outdoors this summer while at work, at the beach, biking, golfing, playing sports, swimming, boating, hiking or camping. Whether you are a participant or spectator you need to protect yourself. Be Sun Smart… Avoid sun exposure between 11am  and 4pm when the sun rays are the [...]

TB Tests for New Employees

Require that all new hires are tested for tuberculosis prior to beginning work.  Special attention should be paid to newly immigrated employees that arrive in Canada from countries that are at high-risk for TB exposure. Source:  Brant County Health Unit

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Encourage Employees to Rid Themselves—and Their Clothing—of Workplace Chemicals

Employees who work with potentially harmful or infectious substances are advised to shower and change their clothing prior to leaving the workplace.  If no shower or locker facilities are available, employees should transport their soiled clothing in plastic bags, making sure that the clothes do not come in contact with any other garments. Source: Brant [...]

Provide Employees with Personal Protective Equipment

Occupational carcinogens can enter the body through one or more routes, including inhalation, ingestion with food, absorption through the skin, or direct exposure to the skin.  Therefore, it is important that employees wear personal protective equipment such as goggles, gowns, and gloves when they come in contact with harmful or infectious substances at work.  As [...]

Flu Shot, Anyone?

Host a seminar and distribute printed material on the benefits of receiving the flu vaccine.  As an employer, you may even want to consider hosting a flu vaccine clinic in the workplace.  You can also post the schedule for community clinics available.  For more information about influenza, visit the Peterborough County-City Health Unit website  Source: Brant County [...]

Stress the Importance of Thorough Handwashing

You might want to consider posting flyers around the workplace on proper handwashing steps, especially in washrooms and above sinks.  Employees might also benefit from a brief seminar on handwashing and infection control. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Infection Control & Pandemic Planning: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES Peterborough Public Library                                              (705) 745-5560 Peterborough County City Health Unit                           (705) 743-1000   WEB-BASED RESOURCES Peterborough County City Health Unit (Infection Control) http://www.pcchu.ca/IC/IC-home.html Peterborough County-City Health Unit (Pandemic Planning for Organizations and Workplaces) http://www.pcchu.ca/Pandemic/PP-plans.html Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca Public Health Agency of Ontario: Disease Prevention and Control Guidelines http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/dpg-eng.php Community & Hospital Infection [...]

An Infectious Event (Kit)

Educate employees about the importance of proper hand washing to help prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases.  Employers can order a “Germ Glow” kit to host a demonstration on how easily germs are passed along from person to person.  Kits usually include “germ glow” powder and oil, with an ultra violet [...]

Material Safety Data Sheets are a Must

These documents list the ingredients contained within workplace chemicals and describe proper handling procedures for each substance.  As an employer, make sure to familiarize yourself and your employees with these documents and the hazards associated with using each chemical. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Provide Clean Facilities for Handwashing

Make sure that employees have access to facilities and supplies with which they can wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.  It’s important that support staff keep these facilities clean and operational according to the highest standards. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Create and Implement a Dangerous/Infectious Materials Policy

Such a policy should clearly explain what managers and staff should do if they identify or come in contact with bodily fluids, spoiled foods, or other infectious materials in the workplace.  The policy should emphasize strategies that employees can use to prevent infection and reduce the incidence of infectious materials. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Coming Down with Something? Get Some Rest—Away from the Workplace

Encourage employees to take a “sick day” and stay at home when they’re feeling ill.  This will help prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses from one employee to another, reducing the total number of sick employees and the amount of lost work time.  Additionally, consider encouraging employees who are parents to stay at [...]

Workplace Cleaning Practices

Ensure that cleaning contracts include specific requirements when it comes to products and techniques used for maximum removal of germs. In most cases, using detergents and water is very adequate. Include employees’ work areas, computer keyboards, phones, door knobs, switches, and other hard surfaces where germs can be left by human contact and live for [...]

Coming Down with Something? Get Some Rest—Away from the Workplace.

Encourage employees to take a “sick day” and stay at home when they’re feeling ill.  This will help prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses from one employee to another, reducing the total number of sick employees and the amount of lost work time.  Additionally, consider encouraging employees who double as parents to stay [...]