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1 Preparing Small Business Workplaces for Pandemic Flu

2 Welcome and Introductions

3 Pandemic Flu Planning Survey

4 Agenda 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

5 Objectives 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

6 What Is a Flu Pandemic? Learn the Facts

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

8 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-to- person worldwide

9 Differences between Seasonal Flu & Pandemic Flu Activity

10 How Contagious Viruses Spread

11 How Flu Viruses Spread 1.Droplet spread 2.Contact spread

12 Classifications of Employee Exposure to Pandemic Flu at Work Very High Risk High Exposure Risk Medium Exposure Risk Lower Exposure Risk

13 Public Health Prevention Strategies

14 Public Health Prevention Strategies Isolation –Separating individuals who have the flu from those who do not Quarantine –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.

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

16 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.

17 Test your Disease Control I.Q.

18 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.

19 False

20 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.

21 False

22 True or False Since there’s no vaccine, there’s nothing a person can do to prevent getting pandemic flu.

23 False

24 True or False? Shaking hands is a primary way in which the influenza virus spreads from person- to-person.

25 True

26 Developing a Preparedness Plan for Yourself and Your Family

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

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

29 Pandemic Flu Planning for Yourself and Your Family Activity

30 Developing a Preparedness Plan for the Workplace

31 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

32 Business Continuity Planning, cont’d. Provide a healthier workplace by reducing the spread of pandemic flu by stockpiling Soap Tissues Alcohol-based hand sanitizers Cleaning supplies Gloves

33 Business Continuity Planning, cont’d. Stockpile materials and supplies you need to continue business operations Practice implementing your plan on an ongoing basis

34 Get Started: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Activity

35 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.

36 Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace

37 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

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

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

40 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 don’t 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.

41 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?

42 Be Informed

43 Visit − State plans: Visit State and local health departments Local American Red Cross chapter

44 Questions? Thank you!

45 OSHA Disclaimer This material was produced under Grant #SH-16618- 07-60-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.

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