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Preparing Small Business Workplaces for Pandemic Flu

Welcome and Introductions

Pandemic Flu Planning Survey


Learn the Facts What is a Flu Pandemic? How the Influenza Virus Spreads Public Health Prevention Strategies Developing a Preparedness Plan for Yourself and Your Family Developing a Preparedness Plan for the Workplace Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace Be Informed


Discuss what to expect during a flu pandemic Identify the differences between seasonal flu and pandemic flu Describe how the influenza virus is spread Describe what steps can be taken to reduce the spread of flu in the workplace Determine what questions to ask about workplace policies, practices, and protocols related to the potential of a flu pandemic occurring

What Is a Flu Pandemic? Learn the Facts

What Is a Pandemic?
Pandemic an event in which a disease causing serious illness spreads around the world and affects large numbers of people

What Is Pandemic Flu?

Pandemic Flu human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic
Little or no immunity in the human population Causes serious illness Spreads quickly and easily person-toperson worldwide

Differences between Seasonal Flu & Pandemic Flu Activity

How Contagious Viruses Spread

How Flu Viruses Spread

1. Droplet spread 2. Contact spread

Classifications of Employee Exposure to Pandemic Flu at Work

Very High Risk High Exposure Risk Medium Exposure Risk Lower Exposure Risk

Public Health Prevention Strategies

Public Health Prevention Strategies

Separating individuals who have the flu from those who do not

Separating individuals who have been exposed to the flu virus from those who have not

Social Distancing
limiting social (face-to-face) interaction to reduce exposure to and transmission of a disease.

During a pandemic flu event, what approaches would help control the spread of pandemic flu?

Safety through Vaccine?

Scientists are researching flu vaccines. If a vaccine is developed for pandemic flu, it may not be available due to challenges with manufacturing and distribution.

Test your Disease Control I.Q.

True or False?
Only the elderly, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk for getting the flu during a flu pandemic.


True or False?

Isolation is used to separate people who have been exposed to an infectious disease from those who have not been exposed to the disease.


True or False
Since theres no vaccine, theres nothing a person can do to prevent getting pandemic flu.


True or False?

Shaking hands is a primary way in which the influenza virus spreads from personto-person.


Developing a Preparedness Plan for Yourself and Your Family

Things to Consider

How school and daycare closures, smaller workforces and community infrastructure changes could disrupt your family routine Individual needs of family members

Make a Kit

Store at least a 2-week supply of food, water, and supplies at home. Check for updates or additional recommendations on

Pandemic Flu Planning for Yourself and Your Family Activity

Developing a Preparedness Plan for the Workplace

Business Continuity Planning

Employers and employees share responsibility for developing the plan Consider the impact of employee absenteeism Consider changes to supply and delivery chains Identify clear job descriptions during a flu pandemic Institute policies that allow or encourage employees to stay home if they are sick

Business Continuity Planning, contd.

Provide a healthier workplace by reducing the spread of pandemic flu by stockpiling Soap Tissues Alcohol-based hand sanitizers Cleaning supplies Gloves

Business Continuity Planning, contd.

Stockpile materials and supplies you need to continue business operations Practice implementing your plan on an ongoing basis

Get Started: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Activity

Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Instructions

Review sections 2 and 3 and identify those items you believe are most relevant to your position or role in the company.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace

Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace

Ask employees to stay home if they are sick Wash hands frequently Make tissues and hand sanitizers available Make trash receptacles easily assessable Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

What are some of the commonly used or touched items in your workplaces?

What are some of the lessons you learned as a child that you think will be useful in the event of a flu pandemic?

Workplace Healthy Habits

Clean your hands often. Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm if you dont
have a tissue. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay away from people who are sick. Avoid contact with commonly used items. Get a flu shot every Fall.

If someone at work is ill with the flu, what are some actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace?

Be Informed

Be Informed
State plans:

Visit State and local health departments Local American Red Cross chapter

Questions? Thank you!

OSHA Disclaimer
This material was produced under Grant #SH-1661807-60-F-11 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.