Office Health and Safety
The productivity of a company begins with the health and safety of its employees. While it may not always be possible to eliminate sickness, with the proper tools, reducing illness and its effects on the workplace, can be within your reach.
Common Winter Illnesses
Although many common illnesses can strike any time of the year, they are typically seen in the winter months. Just because they are common, doesn’t mean that you have to allow yourself to fall victim to them. Here is Part 1 of sicknesses you want to be on the look-out for.
The common cold is an infection that can be caused by several different viruses (e.g., rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and adenovirus). It attacks the upper respiratory tract, particularly the nose and throat. While it typically lasts a week or two, and is relatively mild, it is highly contagious and can spread to the point that work productivity is drastically slowed down or even halted.
These are small blisters that appear on the lips or around the mouth. They are likely the result of the herpes simplex virus strain HSV-1. Although cold sores can come from a herpes virus strain, that does not mean the individual is necessarily a carrier of the Genital Herpes STD. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, usually go away on their own in 7 to 10 days, but can still be passed from person-to-person, with direct contact.
Influenza is commonly called the flu. It too is caused by a virus, and infects the nose, throat, and lungs. For many people, the flu can resolve on its own within a couple of weeks. For others, such as those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, children under the age of 5, and adults over the age of 65, complications of the flu can be fatal.
This Office Health and Safety course will discuss the steps to implement to keep yourself and co-workers healthy and deal with the above illnesses and more.
Course Objectives for Office Health and Safety:
- Identify common illnesses
- Understand how they spread
- Recognize symptoms
- Apply treatment and prevention techniques
- Establish an Emergency Response Plan