Safety talks revolve around the concept of keeping the employees safe from any form of harm and are also geared towards the prevention of spread of diseases and germs. The most commonly spread disease in the workplace is influenza and other common colds and coughs. It is important to teach the employees about healthy and preventive practices that will help minimize the spread of flu infection.
Your safety talks must include safety topics on the prevention and spread of flu from one employee to another. Here are some ideas on how to deliver safety meetings on this safety topic:
The flu has been once underestimated and taken for a simple cold with fever. However, with the mutation of various flu virus strains, the flu has become one of the serious contagious diseases that can be deadly when not detected and treated appropriately.
Due to the 2009 to 2010 flu pandemic of the H1N1 flu virus strain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that every workplace should practice flu prevention actions to keep employees safe from such deadly flu strains. The recommended preventive actions include flu vaccination and altering of the chain of disease transmission.
When delivering information about flu vaccination in one of your safety talks, you should emphasize the importance of getting the flu shot to your employees. You must highlight the following points:
– Annual flu vaccinations are recommended by the CDC to ensure optimum protection from the disease. The existing flu vaccines are effective against the most common virus strains known by scientists and researchers to infect people.
– Anyone from six months of age can receive the shot once the seasonal vaccinations start. Young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and people older than 65 years are especially susceptible to the disease. Vaccination of these people is very important to prevent the acquisition of severe flu illness.
– People who are caring for children younger than six months should be vaccinated as this population of children are too young to receive the shot.
– Health care workers should also be vaccinated to prevent the acquisition of the disease from their high-risk patients.
In teaching your employees how to alter or break the chain of disease transmission, you must identify the important practices or habits that will help stop the spread of flu virus and other disease-causing germs:
– Always cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use tissue paper rather than handkerchiefs when covering or catching secretions. Properly dispose them after use.
– Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water especially after sneezing or coughing secretions. Use sanitizers or alcohol rubs if soap and water are not available.
– Wash hands after touching things that are exposed or used by the public like shopping carts, hand rails, restrooms, and other public fixtures. Hand-washing should also be practiced after shaking hands with someone else, and before and after eating or smoking.
– It is important to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because your hands might transfer or transmit disease-causing germs and introduce them into your body and to someone else.
However and whenever you choose to deliver your safety talks on flu prevention, you must make sure that your people clearly understand the important details. You will also learn more things from motivational-speaker-success.
You can help them get vaccinated by coordinating with healthcare facilities near your workplace and arranging for their annual or seasonal schedule. You must also strictly implement the preventive measures to avoid unhealthy practices or risky habits of some employees.
Remember that the prevention of diseases will need the cooperation and coordination of everybody. Set a good example and make sure that every case of illnesses in the workplace is detected and appropriately managed.