Presentation on theme: "Preventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace."— Presentation transcript:
1Preventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace. Germ WarfarePreventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace.
2Cold & Flu Season Is Here Many experts agree the office just may be the worst for spreading germs!Office equipment can harbor viruses & bacteriaWhat places in the offices do you think are germ hot spots?
3Top Germ Hot Spots 5. Blackberry (PDA) 4. Office refrigerator (and other places in the office kitchen)3. Candy dish in the “gathering place”2. Your telephone1. The FAX machine
4Germ Warfare Checklist 1. Wash your hands – thoroughly and often2. Clean your desktop3. Enforce rules to keep the office kitchen germ free4. Get a flu shot
5Wash Your HandsProper hand washing is one of the most important steps in preventing illnesses, colds & flu80% of infections are spread by the hands20 seconds of scrubbingwith warm water & soapYou can sing a fun songto ensure you arewashing long enoughHappy birthday twice!
6Wash Your HandsAn alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like the one given out at this program, can also be used.Not to replace hand washingUse if you do not have access to soap & waterKeep in briefcase, purse or pocketCover your coughs &sneezes with your sleeveGerms are caught in fabricGerms are not airborneor on hands
7Clean Your DesktopWipe desktop & office equipment with disinfectant wipesWipe desk, telephone, keyboard, mouse, door handles, buttons, etcGerms can last up to 2 days,so wipe down hot spots everycouple days“Canned air” sprays helpremove crumbs on keyboard
8Clean Your DesktopKeep desk surface clean, especially if you eat thereWrap & dispose of uneaten food immediatelyDon’t store leftovers inyour deskBe sure to wash handsbefore & after eatingUse hand sanitizer if youcan’t get to a sink
9Enforce Office Kitchen Rules No food left in refrigerator (or anywhere else) overnightWash dishes with hot, soapy water right away – don’t leave overnightHeat moist sink sponge in microwave to kill bacteriaUse paper towels& discard after usingClean coffee pot atleast once a week
10Get a Flu Shot – FREE! The flu shot does not give you the flu COVA Care, COVAHDHP & coveredfamily members getfree shot or nasal sprayDHRM website:Wellness benefit pays100% for flu vaccinationsat doctor’s offices
11What if you still get sick? Colds & flu are virusesAntibiotics treat infections, not virusesREST & drink plenty of fluidsIf symptoms worsencontact doctorStay home & preventspread of illness toco-workers
12CommonHealth Germ Warfare Reminders! Wash your hands thoroughly and oftenUse hand sanitizerCough into your sleeveClean your office area, including the kitchenGet a Flu Vaccine
13Questions? www.commonhealth.virginia.gov Please visit the CommonHealth website for more information & great resources
14Thank You for participating! Have a healthy day!