Content related to ‘Flu’
HVAC systems and room air currents significantly impact transmission of airborne illness.
Facility managers are in the position to provide convenient and accessible tools to help break the chain of germ transmission. These tools can include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, paper towels (drying with towels can reduce the spread of germs up to 77%), soap, and facial tissue.
When an important employee appears to be coming down with flu-like symptoms, what can—and SHOULD—facility managers do?
Nothing about having the flu is particularly funny, but one man’s attempt to exploit his germs is certainly weird, if not comical. Last year, Fred Parker of Coolspring Township, OH attempted to hold up a local business in Sharon, PA by threatening to spread an antibiotic resistant staph infection.
The uncertain severity and timing of this year’s flu activity means that schools, businesses, and workplaces need to prepare for higher absenteeism rates, along with cases of presenteeism—when someone goes to work or school while sick—leading to productivity declines and the possibility of spreading illness to others.
With cold and flu season upon us, spending time reviewing your HVAC system, its major components, and air and water distribution is time well spent to help mitigate the spread of type A (H1N1) and other types of Influenza.