During the hazy days of
August flu season may not be a hot topic of conversation at your workplace but
it should be on the agenda. The World Health Organization is tracking a growing
and expanding H1N1 pandemic and working to boost response efforts. The Centers for Disease Control reports that
an H1N1 vaccine will be available in the fall, but they don’t know when.
This week the
businesses and employers a range of options for responding to H1N1, depending
on how severe the flu may be in their communities. The guidelines are specific
to the current situation and add to those already published by OSHA. The publications include a list of steps and
actions to take and communications tools, like buttons or widgets for employee
communications as reminders and links. There are posters, content for email
messages among enough ready to use material to launch a comprehensive campaign.
A wealth of information for
employers, educational institutions and individuals has been combined into one
helpful web site. www.flu.gov. You can log on
and sign up for email updates. There are even recommendations on when to send sick
Take a few hours before
Labor Day to pull together your own policy and potential response before you
spot signs of the flu in your workplace.