Presentation on theme: "Preventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace."— Presentation transcript:
1 Preventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace. Germ WarfarePreventing the spread of germs, colds and flu around the workplace.
2 Cold & 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?
3 Top 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
4 Germ 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
5 Wash 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!
6 Wash 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
7 Clean 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
8 Clean 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
9 Enforce 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
10 Get 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
11 What 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
12 CommonHealth Germ Warfare Reminders! Wash your hands thoroughly and oftenUse hand sanitizerCough into your sleeveClean your office area, including the kitchenGet a Flu Vaccine
13 Questions? www.commonhealth.virginia.gov Please visit the CommonHealth website for more information & great resources
14 Thank You for participating! Have a healthy day!