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Preventing cold and flu season in the workplace

Jan 8, 2013 - From staff reports

With cold and flu season upon us, the transfer of germs and illness in the workplace increases. Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming advises business owners to take initiative in preventing the spread of illness.

Here are some tips to help protect employees and customers as much as possible:

- Acquire products that ward off germs. Hand sanitizers, tissues and disinfectants are all products that can aid employees in keeping the workspace clean.

- Advise employees to stay home. While sick employees may deem it necessary to attend work, their presence will only expose healthy employees to contagions. If employees are sick, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer show symptoms. Consider creating a leave policy that allows employees to work from home should they fall ill.

- Enforce good hygiene in the work place. Institute the cleaning of shared equipment such as phones and computers, and wipe down common areas with disinfectant regularly. Remind employees of the importance of washing their hands, as well as covering their mouth when sneezing and/or coughing. Encourage them to "sneeze in your sleeve," rather than into their hand, to reduce the spread of germs.

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