Policy Ideas – Infection Control & Pandemic Planning

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

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 [...]