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Employer’s guide amidst of a flu pandemic outbreak

With the recent pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the Wuhan virus), it is important for business owners to stay alert and take precautionary measures in protecting its employees and customers alike.

Why is it important to reduce cross contamination at your premises?

Understanding how the virus transmission process and taking the right proactive steps including prevention habits can greatly reduce the risk of cross-contamination as well as prevent disease outbreak.

Protect your employees and customers with these precautionary steps to avoid the spread of the virus at your premises:

Providing adequate Hand Hygiene facilities

Hand hygiene is the most basic yet utterly important line of defense to stop the spread of virus! These infectious diseases spread from person to person by direct even indirect contact. Transmission occurs when an infected person touches someone else e.g. via handshake, droplets released during coughing, sneezing and even speaking can also transmit the virus to others without any touch involved. Do encourage your employees and customers to practice the 3-step hand hygiene frequently, and avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. These 3-steps include washing of hands with clean water and soap, drying them thoroughly and sanitizing them for extra protection.

Creating a healthy and hygienic workplace to combat cross contamination

study shows that Influenza virus can survive on hands and surfaces up to 48 hours, contaminated hands can transfer germs to 7 separate surfaces and a flu infection could spread to the entire office in 4 hours. Indirect virus transmission such as airborne transmission could be prevented through installing air sterilizer that could kill up to 99.99% viruses.Regular cleaning, not just hand washing, but also cleaning of commonly used surfaces and devices. For extra protection, surface sanitation program for your premises could help to prevent viral and airborne disease from spreading.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Employers are to advise employees to minimize travelling especially to affected areas or close contact (physically) with people who are sick or with flu-like symptoms; this includes sharing food or water with the said infected person. Employees who are sick are advised to rest or work from home. Wearing a surgical mask in crowded areas would help to prevent viruses from spreading.

Encourage a healthy lifestyle to strengthen immune system

Employers play an important role in supporting a healthy lifestyle in the workplace. More and more corporate companies are introducing programs that would encourage employees in living a healthy lifestyle such as getting adequate sleep, exercise regularly, eating a balanced diet, stress management, etc.

Recognizing early symptoms

Coronavirus, Influenza A and common flu viruses might have similar symptoms but genetically they are very different. We advise you to seek medical treatment immediately if these symptoms have been identified:

flu symptoms infographic
flu symptoms infographic

Maintaining your workplace hygiene is vital to your business performance and as an employer or business owner, taking proactive measures in protecting your employees and customers will help to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Let’s stay alert and healthy to combat this pandemic outbreak together. Download infographic here for more information.

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